Preparation for a patient when coming for CT :
Time taken for a CT : Routine CT Brain – 5minutes ,CT Chest – 10-15minutes and CT Abdomen – 45minutes to 1hour ( intake of Oral contrast for halfanhour included in this period)
CT Coronary Angiogram – 30minutes – 1hour ( Based upon the heart rate )
Other Specialized CT Studies are monitored by experienced Radiologists with fast through put.
CT Guided biopsies – 30minutes to 1hour, post procedure observation for 1 – 2hrs is needed.
MRI - MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).It is a non-invasive imaging technique used for detecting, localizing and quantifying brain activity.
Preparation : 4hours fasting is needed for MRCP and MRI Abdomen procedures. Rest of the MRI procedures do not need fasting. Time taken for a MRI : Routine 20-30minutes and special procedures like Cardiac MRI and Angiogram need 45min to 1hour depending upon patient cooperation ( These timings are generalized for non sick patients, however for all sick and uncooperative patients the timings vary depending upon the patient condition.
What is Color Doppler / Ultrasound : Color Doppler ultrasound is a medical imaging technique which is used to provide visualization of the blood flow, using color processing to add color to the image so that a doctor or care provider can clearly see what is happening inside the body. Ultrasound is a device that uses high frequency sound waves to create an image of some part of the inside of the body, such as the stomach, liver, heart, tendons, muscles, joints and blood vessels. Experts say that as sound waves, rather than radiation are used, ultrasound scans are safe.
Preparation Time : Different areas need different preparations. For the female pelvis, a full-bladder is required. For the upper abdomen, at least six hours fasting is necessary. For small parts (thyroid, scrotum, breast, joints and bone), no preparation is necessary. Please call to check
Time Taken : 20 – 30minutes
What is MRCP : MRCP stands for magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography. MRCP is a type of magnetic resonance imaging (for more information on MRI see separate leaflet called 'MRI Scan'). MRCP produces detailed images of the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, pancreas and pancreatic duct.
What is Fluoroscopy : Fluoroscopy is an imaging technique used by medical professionals to visualize internal organs while they are in motion.
What is Digital X ray : Digital radiography is a form of X-ray imaging, where digital X-ray sensors are used instead of traditional photographic film.
MATTER OF THE HEART! Coronary artery disease is the single largest cause of mortality and morbidity amongst all diseases. It thereby places a very high burden on the health infrastructure of our country. An analysis of the prevalence of coronary artery disease from the 1960's to 1990's revealed an approximate 9-fold increase in the prevalence of coronary heart disease in the urban population and a 2-fold increase in coronary heart disease in the rural population. It is estimated that by 2010, approx. 60% of entire world's coronary artery disease patients will be located in India. An increasingly sedentary lifestyle, changing food habits and an ever increasing stressful and competitive work culture have just multiplied the risk factors for coronary artery disease.
The need of the hour is a non-invasive, outpatient investigation that accurately diagnoses coronary artery disease early. CT Coronary angiography plays this role to perfection.
CT Coronary angiogram today is an extremely accurate, reliable, ultrafast, non invasive, outpatient procedure which is capable of providing detailed information of the heart and coronary vessels, thereby giving the most needed breakthrough in primary evaluation of coronary artery disease.
What is Coronary Artery Disease?
Coronary artery disease in caused by a buildup of material in the walls of the arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle. This condition is known as atherosclerosis. It begins with soft plaques of fatty materials (lipids) with a thin capsule. If one of these capsules spontaneously ruptures, resulting in complete blockage of the artery, causing a heart attack.
Who is at Risk for Coronary Artery Disease?
In the early stages of atherosclerosis, patients often do not have symptoms. In many cases, the first symptom may be a heart attack. Unfortunately, many people do not know their risk of death or disability from cardiac disease.
Many individuals can be considered "high risk" for coronary disease based on the presence of several known risk factors such as smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or a family history. However, approximately 40% of the population falls into the category of "intermediate risk" for heart disease. These people may have just one or two known risk factors for heart disease, or only borderline measurements of blood pressure and cholesterol. Often, these people are not certain whether they should be concerned about heart disease. Early detection of heart disease is the key to preventing a heart attack.
"Atherosclerosis happens everywhere there is a vessel in the body. Our latest CARDIOVASCULAR CT SCANNER identifies the vulnerable patients who have plaques prone to rupture, and determine who is at risk and who may benefit from specific therapies".
What are the risk factors associated with a heart attack?
Apart from atherosclerosis, there are a number of things which can increase the chances of a person having a heart attack:
- Age – risk of heart attack increases with age
- Male gender
- Family history of heart disease
- Diabetes Type 1 and Type 2
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- High cholesterol levels
- Lack of exercise.