is one of the very few diagnostic centers in the world using the
ultrafast, low radiation
e-Speed EBCT scanner for
cardiac and body imaging.
At the blazing speed of 30 images per second, the
e-Speed is undoubtedly
the world's fastest CT
true scan speed of 33 msec per slice which is
10 times faster
than the true scan speed of the latest 256 slice CT (500 msec) and still
5 times faster than the latest dual source CT (166 msec). This
speed advantage ensures consistent and accurate imaging of the beating
heart without the need for medications to slow down the heart beat.
A diagnostic image set is obtained in every patient even when the heart
beat is 140 beats/min or when it is irregular such as in atrial
fibrillation. In the case of 64 slice CT , due to its slower
scan speed, it is necessary to slow down the patient's heart rate to
below 60 beats per minute before a proper scan can be performed.
This is achieved by administering high dose beta blockers which is time
consuming and which can be dangerous in patients with weak hearts.
dosage is another important issue. It would be
counterproductive to undergo a diagnostic scan only to have one's cancer
risk increased by the test itself. The e-Speed delivers
lower X -ray radiation dose
compared to 64 slice CT. With the advent of 128 or 256 slice CT
scanners, the amount of cancer causing radiation given to the
patient is even much higher. It is unethical to subject a patient to
unnecessary radiation when the same accurate test can be performed with
a scanner which gives much lower radiation.
Detector or Coronary Artery Calcium Scan
Non Invasive Electron
Beam Angiogram of the Heart
Low Radiation Body Scan
EBCT is still the gold
standard for coronary artery calcium scanning. Almost all
scientific validation and clinical studies to date on coronary artery
calcium scanning have been performed using EBCT and these results do not
necessarily apply to multislice CT which is a different technology. It
is possible to perform coronary artery calcium scanning with 64 slice CT
but it is necessary to give beta blockers to slow down the heart to
below 60 beats per minute before the scan is performed in order to
obtain an accurate score. Many 64 slice CT diagnostic centers take a
short cut and do not observe this technical requirement.
Angiogram using e-Speed is an
easy and accurate way to check
your heart for blockages even when the heart disease is at an early
stage. e-Speed can image the heart in colour 3D without
catheterization or hospital admission. No premedication is
required. The procedure is quick (taking only 20 minutes),
painless, and with minimal risk. You can view your heart on the
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and quantifies plaque burden category
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Non invasive 3D imaging of the heart and its vessels to assess the cardiac anatomy,
severity of blockages in the coronary arteries and cardiac function.
Non-invasive, painless and very low risk
show severity of luminal stenosis
check cardiac functional status
measure myocardial perfusion
correlation between EBA and conventional coronary angiogram
than 90% sensitivity and specificity
to assess patients with equivocal stress ECg
up of patients after bypass or balloon angioplasty
of patients with chest pains
of congenital heart disorders
of pulmonary embolism
Recommended only for patients who are at high risk of
and neck scan for brain
thoracic and lumbar spine for orthopaedic problems
resolution lung scan for lung cancer
Contrast enhanced scan for liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, kidney disease
stones, congenital abnormalities,
Screening for colon polyps and cancer.
Recommended for patients with
change in bowel habits and who have strong family history of colon cancer.
Non-invasive, minimal discomfort, no sedation
risk of intestinal perforation
Detects 95% of advanced cancers and 80% of early
suitable for inflammatory bowel disease
What is 3D - QCT Bone Mineral Densitometry?
Quantitative Computed Tomography, or QCT Densitometry is
a method used to measure bone mass. It is one of the three methods cited
by the National Osteoporosis Foundation as useful and safe in the
evaluation of osteoporosis. It is more precise
than the conventional (2D) method, so monitoring patients at yearly
intervals yields clinically useful results.
How is QCT different from other methods?
QCT and DXA both measure spinal bone mass, a significant advantage over
methods, e.g. ultrasound for the knee or the heel, which do not measure
bone mass, and cannot be used to measure the spine where most osteoporotic
Spinal bone is a mixture of high-turnover trabecular
(spongy) bone and slowly-changing cortical (compact) bone. The
conventional 2D DXA measures the sum of these two compartments but
also includes aortic calcification and osteophytes in the calculation of
bone mineral in the spine which affect the accuracy of the
measurements. Only 3D
QCT isolates the metabolically-active trabecular bone for analysis
which makes it useful for clinical follow up following