A state-of-the-art computed tomography (CT) scanner is taking diagnostic imaging at Botsford Hospital to a whole new level. With its ability to provide incredibly sharp three-dimensional images, the new 128-slice CT scanner is helping physicians evaluate trauma and stroke patients, assess abdominal problems, and diagnose many other injuries and illnesses.
The new CT scanner allows doctors to perform cardiac imaging to see both the anatomy of the heart and receive information about how it is functioning. High-resolution pictures of the moving heart and its vessels will allow doctors to identify fat or calcium deposits or blockages in the coronary arteries.
The new technology can be used to see whether a blockage in the coronary artery is causing symptoms of chest pain.
The equipment has particular implications for the hundreds of patients who come to Botsford's Emergency Center each year with chest pain. A CT scan can be performed much faster than cardiac catheterization. It will allow doctors to rule out the need for more invasive procedures for some patients while moving ahead with lifesaving treatments for those who need them.