Moon Township, PA, (May 26, 2011)
Cardiac computed tomography, or Cardiac CT, services are available for patients at Heritage Valley Beaver and Heritage Valley Sewickley. The service represents collaboration between the Heritage Valley Cardiology and Radiology departments to bring the most advanced technology to people in the community.
A Cardiac CT is a painless, non-invasive test that uses an x-ray machine to image the heart in order to reveal important structural abnormalities that may relate to disease. CT angiography is used to evaluate narrowing, or stenosis, of the coronary arteries. Heritage Valley uses 64-slice CT Scanners with the latest technology that includes reduced radiation dosages and high quality image acquisition and processing. Detailed evaluation of this digital data can enhance diagnosis and management strategies.
“Coronary Calcium Scanning evaluates the effects of cholesterol plaque on the coronary arteries that may not as yet have begun to develop significant narrowing or create symptoms. Calcium Scanning as well as cardiac computed tomographic angiography, or CCTA, have become important diagnostic tools and our team is excited to bring this advanced technology to our patients,” said Dr. Stephen Tunick, cardiologist at the Heritage Valley Heart & Vascular Center. “This certainly will enhance the care we can provide.”
To receive a Cardiac CT scan at Heritage Valley, a patient must be referred for the test by his or her physician. The test is performed after appropriate evaluation. For more information regarding Cardiac CT services, call 1-866-901-7388 or go to www.heritagevalley.org.
About Heritage Valley Health System
Heritage Valley Health System provides comprehensive healthcare for residents of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties, in Pennsylvania; eastern Ohio; and the panhandle of West Virginia. In partnership with more than 425 physicians, Heritage Valley offers a broad range of medical, surgical and diagnostic services at its two hospitals, Heritage Valley Beaver and Heritage Valley Sewickley; in physician offices; and community satellite facilities. Additional information about Heritage Valley Health System is available online at www.heritagevalley.org.