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Mount Sinai pioneers new cardiac imaging device
Date:8/16/2010

Mount Sinai is the first institution in the world to use this scanner, made by Phillips Medical Systems, in a pre-clinical setting.

"There is a significant unmet need for imaging technology that visualizes plaque vulnerable to rupture," said the lead author of the work, David Cormode, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Translational and Molecular Imaging Institute, Mount Sinai School of Medicine. "The fact that the multi-color CT technique shows the gold particles, iodine and calcifications, provides us with a more complete picture of the nature of the atherosclerotic arteries."

Multi-color CT technology may also be beneficial in imaging other biological process and diseases, including cancer, kidney disease, and bowel diseases. The Mount Sinai team plans to continue studying the new scanner in additional animal studies and in humans.

"Mount Sinai has a decades-long history of making advances in cardiac imaging that have had a significant impact on the field and in patient care," said Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, Director of Mount Sinai Heart, the Zena and Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute and the Marie-Josee and Henry R. Kravis Center for Cardiovascular Health, The Mount Sinai Medical Center. "As the first center in the world to pioneer this imaging method, we are leading the charge once more in improving diagnostic tools that lessen the potentially devastating impact of heart disease."


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