In today’s Brazos Valley Physician’s Organization Journal of Medicine Report, Dr. Fred Kash tells us about the test that could save your life.
This procedure has a number of benefits. It’s an excellent way of detecting heart disease, in particular the blockages of the blood vessels of the heart. It’s very good in people that have low to intermediate risk of Coronary Artery Disease. It allows us to look at the blood vessels of the heart and detect whether there are blockages or not.
Right now there are several ways of looking at the heart. One of the ways it has traditionally been done is to use a Nuclear Medicine Study which injects Nuclear Medicine Isotopes into your vein and then that looks at the blood flow in the heart. The sensitivity of that modality is about 75 to 80%. It is also, by the way, more expensive than this test (Coronary C-T Angiography). The sensitivity of this test (Coronary C-T Angiography) is about 97-98% sensitive for detection of Coronary Artery Disease. It allows us to also look at other structures in the heart, including the muscle and other structures in the chest, including the Aorta and some of the lung tissues as well.
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