Fort Myers, FL — Radiology Regional Center is excited to offer a new, non-invasive test for coronary artery disease designed to help physicians develop the best treatment plan for each individual patient.
The Heartflow FFR-CT Scan (or fractional flow reserve by computed tomography) is a non-invasive test that offers patients and their physicians insight on both the extent of coronary artery blockages, as well as the impact on blood flow to the heart muscle.
The first step in the Heartflow FFR-CT process is the acquisition of a high quality CT Coronary Angiogram, an exam that Radiology Regional has been performing for several years. “Without a high quality CT coronary angiogram, the Heartflow FFR-CT analysis cannot be performed,” says Dr. Edward Danehy, Chief of cardiovascular imaging at Radiology Regional Center. Using the images obtained from the CT Coronary Angiogram, the Heartflow technology creates a personalized, digital 3D model of each patient’s coronary arteries. Powerful supercomputers solve millions of complex equations to evaluate the impact of any artery blockages on blood flow to the heart muscle.
Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. The disease develops when plaque builds up in the vessel wall and narrows the arteries supplying blood flow to the heart. These narrowings or blockages can reduce blood flow to the heart, resulting in chest pain, heart attacks and death. Depending on the degree and extent of narrowing of the arteries, patients might be treated with medicine, angioplasty and stenting or coronary artery bypass grafting.
Studies have shown the need to improve the accuracy of non-invasive tests used to evaluate coronary artery disease. A recent study of over 400,000 patients from over 650 US hospitals found that over half of the patients with suspected coronary artery disease did not have a significant blockage at invasive coronary angiography. In most all of these patients, the Heartflow FFR-CT Scan likely could have safely eliminated the need for the invasive angiogram.
“The Heartflow FFR-CT Scan represents an extraordinary advancement in the diagnosis of coronary artery disease,” said Dr. Danehy.
“Until very recently, physicians have been faced with either using tests we knew were not always accurate or putting a patient through an invasive procedure, just to determine if they needed another invasive procedure. The Heartflow FFR-CT Scan completely changes this approach, providing a both non-invasive and highly accurate evaluation of coronary artery blockages and their impact on blood flow to the heart using a non-invasive CT scan. This will help us determine the appropriate management for each individual patient with coronary heart disease. I believe the Heartflow FFR-CT Scan will revolutionize the way we diagnose and manage coronary artery disease moving forward.”
Dr Danehy is not the only one favorably impressed with the impact of the Heartflow FFR-CT Scan. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have recently issued a positive coverage decision for the technology. Florida Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna and Aetna also have positive coverage decisions for the technology. In all, up to 185 million insured lives are now covered for the Heartflow FFR-CT Scan technology in the United States.
Radiology Regional Center is proud to be the first in Florida and only provider in Southwest Florida to offer to the community, the Heartflow FFR-CT Scan as part of our expanding, cutting-edge cardiovascular imaging services.
About Radiology Regional Center
Radiology Regional Center is a premier diagnostic facility founded on the principles of providing state-of the-art technology in a warm, comfortable environment. A physician-owned and managed practice, Radiology Regional Center has nine full-service locations in Lee and Collier Counties, a walk-in X-ray clinic in Cape Coral as well as two Mobile Mammography coaches which serve multiple Florida counties.
Our comprehensive imaging and diagnostic services include: X-Ray, MRI, CT, PET, Ultrasound, 3D and Digital Mammography, DEXA, Breast Biopsy, Nuclear Medicine & Nuclear Cardiology, Vascular Screenings, Interventional Radiology, Varicose and Spider Vein Treatments, Aesthetic Treatments, and CT Health Screenings. For over 40 years, our dedicated team of board-certified radiologists, registered technologists and other specialists has been committed to providing our patients with exceptional care.
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