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Comprehensive diagnosis of heart disease with a single CT scan
Date:3/4/2008

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However, for a comprehensive diagnosis of coronary artery disease, MUSC, like most cardiovascular centers, had traditionally relied on several imaging modalities, such as cardiac catheterization, nuclear medicine or magnetic resonance (MR) scanners.

This technique could be the long coveted one-stop-shop test that allows us to look at the heart vessels, heart function and heart blood flow with a single CT scan and within a single breath-hold said Dr. Schoepf, the lead investigator of the study.

Based on their initial observations, Heart & Vascular Center physicians have launched an intensive research project aimed at systemically comparing the new scanning technique to conventional methods for detecting decreased blood supply in the heart muscle.

Their research has been significantly enhanced by the recent move to a new, state-of-the-art facility, MUSC Ashley River Tower, which provides MUSC physicians with the most cutting edge cardiovascular imaging equipment, all in one convenient, patient-friendly location.


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Contact: Kathleen Ellis
ellisk@musc.edu
843-792-5602
Medical University of South Carolina
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