[Spokane, WA] February 1, 2018— More Americans die of heart disease than all types of cancer combined. 58 million Americans have one or more forms of cardiovascular disease, making coronary artery disease the number one killer of men and women in the United States. Yet, preventative exams that can assess and identify risk for cardiovascular disease are often overlooked.
In honor of American Heart Month, Inland Imaging is offering a special promotion for a screening exam that aids in the early detection of heart disease: a CT coronary calcium scoring exam for $150—a savings of nearly $150—during the entire month of February at the Holy Family Imaging Center.
A CT coronary calcium scoring exam is a 15-minute screening study, which measures the presence, location and extent of calcified plaque in the coronary arteries. It is a quick, non-invasive exam that assesses an individual’s risk for heart attack in the near term.
“Heart disease claims the lives of far too many people in this country. With more than 2 million heart attacks and strokes a year, just about all of us has been touched by someone with heart disease,” said Angela Steinbach CT manager at Inland Imaging. “We want to bring attention to this issue locally and make sure patients know there is a way to assess risk and identify any indications of heart disease early rather than late.”
Calcified plaque results when there is a build-up of fat and other substances under the inner layer of the artery. This material can calcify which signals the presence of Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), a disease of the vessel wall. People with this disease have an increased risk for heart attacks. Because calcium is a marker of CAD, the amount of calcium detected on a cardiac CT scan is a helpful prognostic tool. Your doctor can use the calcium score results to evaluate the risk for future coronary artery disease.
“We are really looking to encourage prevention not just detection of disease,” said Kathleen Wilson Inland Imaging chief operations officer. “We want to help our community in their overall wellness plan.”
To schedule the CT coronary calcium scoring exam, patients must have an order from a referring physician and schedule the exam in advance by calling 509-455-4455. The patient must not have any current symptoms of heart disease and must have one significant risk factor including: male 40-70 years or female 45-75 years, family history of cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, history of smoking, sedentary lifestyle, and high stress levels.Zoom Lebron XII 12
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What is a SPECT/CT scan?SPECT/CT combines two different types of scans and merges the images from each to create a single, layered image. Combining the information from a nuclear medicine SPECT study and a CT study can provide more precise information about how different parts of the body function and more clearly and accurately locate and identify disease and other physical irregularities. SPECT imaging, or single-photon emission computerized tomography, creates a 3D color image that animates the function of almost any organ in the body. This picture can fully depict the way blood moves through the heart, what parts of a brain are active or inactive after a stroke, how quickly a bone is healing — or for cancer patients, whether or not disease has spread to the bones. Computed tomography (CT) images are obtained as an X-ray camera rotates over a 360 degree arc around the patient, allowing for image reconstruction in three dimensions. Although the vast majority of SPECT/CT’s are done with very low dose CT, we also have the capability to do diagnostic CT with or without iodine contrast when indicated.
The Patient ExperienceWhen a patient undergoes a SPECT scan, they are injected with a small amount of radioactive tracer material. The radiation emitted by the material is detected by the imaging camera, which produces pictures of the body part being imaged. The patient lies still and flat while the image is captured. The X-ray machine from the CT scanner rotates much faster than the gamma camera, so the CT part of the study takes less time than the SPECT study. The imaging process is painless. Following the SPECT/CT scan, the radioactive material exits the body through urine and stool. Drinking plenty of water after the exam helps speed the elimination process. “In many disease processes, physiological changes occur before anatomical changes are discernible on imaging. Also, in other cases, pathology is not necessarily accompanied by anatomical changes. In these circumstances, SPECT/CT imaging is invaluable. It combines information from both modalities to create a more detailed and information rich image, thus allowing for early diagnosis of certain diseases, as well as detection of disease processes that may otherwise go unnoticed.” SPECT/CT provides imaging with greater specificity of anatomical location for: • Parathyroid disease • Bone scans (biggest areas of improvement with SPECT/CT are for scans of the spine, feet, ankles, hands and wrists.) • Lung (quantification prior to lobectomy or to better identify pulmonary embolisms.) • Studies of neuroendocrine tumors (Octreoscans, MIBG) • Prostascint® scans for prostate cancers For more information contact Dave Durgan at Inland Imaging. Call 509-435-2644 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Nike React Element
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