December 1 2005 - NEW HEART SCANNER NOW AVAILABLE AT CENTER FOR ADVANCED SURGERY AND TECHNOLOGY AT M

Press Release - December 1, 2005
NEW HEART SCANNER NOW AVAILABLE AT CENTER FOR ADVANCED SURGERY AND TECHNOLOGY AT MOTHER FRANCES HOSPITAL

 
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December 1, 2005

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John Moore
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NEW 3-D HEART SCANNING TECHNOLOGY NOW AVAILABLE
AT MOTHER FRANCES HOSPITAL IN TYLER

TYLER, TX – Physicians at Mother Frances Hospital can now see 3-D images of all sides of the heart with more clarity than ever before through new technology that scans a patient’s body within minutes. The Center For Advanced Surgery and Technology (CASAT) at Mother Frances Hospital has added two SOMATOM Sensation 64 Multi-Slice CT scanners from Siemens Medical Systems, Inc. to their radiology department, one dedicated for cardiac imaging.

The new CT scanners improve the diagnosis and treatment of patients by working in tandem with 3-D reconstruction computer software that provides radiologists greater clarity of a patient’s cardiovascular system than any other technology previously available. The new SOMATOM Sensation 64 CT provides the finest image quality and advanced clinical applications due to the Multi-Slice CT design.

“The 3-D technology has been in use for a number of years, but CASAT is the only medical facility in this part of east Texas that combines the 64-slice CT scanner with the 3-D reconstruction images for diagnosing heart problems. The CT scanner takes 200 photos per second,” said Terry Byrd, RN, director of CASAT. “This technology was recently featured on NBC’s The Today Show. It truly is a great advancement in heart care and we are proud to offer it.”

The technology is so new, all insurance companies do not cover it at this time.

During the scan, a patient receives an intravenous contrast solution that illuminates the organs of the body. The prep time can take up to two hours, but the scan normally takes less than 20 minutes.

“This would be a great holiday gift for someone,” added Ms. Byrd. “If you have someone who is hesitant to see a physician for regular check-ups, this minimally-invasive procedure can detect cardiac problems within a few minutes.”

To schedule a heart scan at Mother Frances Hospital, call TeleCare Plus at 903-531-5678. For more information on all services available through Trinity Mother Frances Health System’s Center For Advanced Surgery and Technology, visit www.casattexas.org.

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