Most Advanced CT Scanner Improves Imaging of Heart, Avoids Need for Surgical Inspection

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Newly installed "64-slice" scanner makes diagnosis faster and easier to perform

Johns Hopkins Medicine has installed the latest computed tomography (CT) imaging software and machinery, also known as a 64-slice computed axial tomography scanner. The newly upgraded device produces precise diagnostic pictures within five to 10 seconds for patients experiencing symptoms associated with heart attack.

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In use at Hopkins since Feb. 21, the scanner is expected to replace many diagnostic angiograms, the current gold standard for diagnostic coronary imaging.

The upgraded Hopkins scanner is one of two identical systems currently operating in the United States; the other installed in Boston, Mass. Its use will be the subject of a continuing medical education seminar attended by more than 300 cardiologists on Saturday, March 5, immediately preceding the 2005 Annual Scientific Session of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) in Orlando, Fla.

"This added technology will dramatically alter the way we currently treat patients with suspected coronary disease and chest pain," says cardiologist Jo

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