Cardiac CT technology enables us to provide the most accurate non-invasive assessment of the coronary arteries. St Vincent’s Hospital recently acquired the Toshiba AquilionONE 320-slice Cardiac CT machine which, in most cases, allows the coronary arteries to be imaged in a single heartbeat, improving image quality and reducing artefacts.
In conjunction with a Cardiac CT scan, St Vincent’s is able to perform a simultaneous perfusion image that measures blood flow across blocked arteries. CT perfusion scanning helps determine the severity of blockages, and the need for intervention, in patients who may previously have had to undergo additional testing.
Information for Patients
Cardiac CT is most commonly used to determine whether chest pain or other symptoms may be due to blocked coronary arteries. It is also commonly used for the early detection of coronary disease before the development of symptoms. This is particularly useful for people with coronary risk factors including:
• elevated cholesterol
• high blood pressure
• smoking history
• family history of heart disease
In some cases, Cardiac CT is used to assess heart chambers, heart valves and the surrounding blood vessels.
Cardiac CT is the most reliable method of identifying coronary plaque in its early stages and identifies people for whom early treatment may prevent complications such as heart attacks and sudden cardiac death.
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Information for Doctors
St Vincent’s Cardiac CT is a combined service by cardiologists and radiologists at St Vincent’s. The service is managed and reported by both radiologist and cardiologists, which allows optimal use of their combined technical and clinical expertise, including comparison with other cardiac imaging. The equipment is hospital-based and suitable for both emergency and routine scanning.
Cardiac CT Courses and Additional Live Cases
St Vincent’s regularly schedules Cardiac CT courses directed to cardiologists, radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians who wish to achieve Level A (Australian) accreditation. The content has been specifically designed to satisfy the Australian Level A requirements, including live and non-coronary cases, and exceeds SCCT Level II requirements. RANZCR has allocated 129 CME points for the full course.
The next Level A courses are scheduled for 2-6 May 2012 and 24-28 October 2012.
St Vincent’s also provides the opportunity for physicians to undertake an additional 25 live mentored cases to complete their Level A accreditation or as a refresher.