Multi-Slice Cardiac CT Scans Speed Emergency Room's Ability To Diagnose Chest Pain

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A new study in the February 27, 2007 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology describes the use of multi-slice CT scanning of the heart to evaluate patients with chest pain in the emergency room. Researchers found that this simple outpatient scan can rapidly and accurately determine which patients with chest pain have normal coronary arteries as well as those who have diseased arteries.

When you go to the emergency room with chest pain, you would like to believe that the science of medicine can pinpoint immediately whether you're having a heart attack both quickly and accurately. Unfortunately, up until now, that has not always been the case.

A new study, reported in the February 27, 2007, issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology describes the use of multi-slice CT scanning of the heart to evaluate patients with chest pain in the emergency room. Researchers from William Beaumont Hospital in Michigan found that this simple outpatient scan can rapidly and accurately determine which patients with chest pain have normal coronary arteries and can go home directly from the emergency room as well as those who have diseased arteries requiring admission to the hospital for further care. This translates into rapid diagnosis and earlier treatment not to mention significant cost savings. The standard diagnostic workup of chest pain (which consists of EKGs, blood tests, and stress nuclear testing) fared equally well in diagnostic accuracy but took much longer in time to complete and was more costly than the high-tech CT scans.

Knowing that when you're sent home with a clean bill of health from the emergency room after one of these 30 minute scans is the best peace of mind an anxious patient with chest pain can have.

About Apex Cardiology

APEX Cardiology is a nationally recognized leader in providing a full range of cardiology services including the 64-slice CT Scanner. Apex cardiologists are dedicated to utilizing the most advanced technology benefiting both patients and referring physicians. Patients experience more comfort and reduced scan times. Referring physicians receive clinical results that reflect the highest, most accurate images possible with a non-invasive test.

About Mason Weiss

Mason Weiss M.D., F.A.C.C. is a triple certified physician in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases and interventional cardiology. He has practiced medicine for 23 years and is a physician partner with the APEX Cardiology team of physicians located at 501 East Hardy Street, Suite 200, Inglewood, CA 90301 Tel: 310-672-3900 http://www.apexcardiology.com

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