Manhattan Diagnostic Radiology (MDR), a dedicated heart center located in New York City, this week celebrated the 500th scanned patient using the center's Aquilion 64-slice CFX, developed by Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc (TAMS).
The advanced image quality and speed delivered by the Aquilion CFX allows cardiologists to uncover early signs of heart disease, such as arterial plaque, and make treatment recommendations without the need for invasive exploration of the heart, Toshiba said.
Dr. Jeffrey P. Goldman, director of MRI and CT at MDR, states that the Aquilion CFX allows clinicians at MDR to identify indications of disease earlier in its progression, potentially reducing a patient's risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke.
Images of the heart are difficult to capture because it's state of continuous motion. Before multi-slice CT, cardiologists had to rely on more invasive, risky procedures, like catheterized angiography, to give an accurate view of a patient's heart, Goldman said.
The announcement is being made in conjunction with the 7th Annual Stanford Radiology International Symposium on Multidetector-Row CT, which is being held this week in San Francisco.