State-of-the-art Diagnostic Imaging Arrives at Mercy Hospital
August 16, 2006
State-of-the-art Diagnostic Imaging Arrives at Mercy Hospital

August 16, 2006, Chicago, IL —The most sophisticated imaging capabilities has arrived at Mercy Hospital & MedicalState of the art diagnostic imaging Center with the recent installation of the Philips Brilliance 64-channel CT scanner. Commonly referred to as the “64-slice”, the CT scanner is a new, state-of-the-art diagnostic tool that produces incredibly precise and detailed, three-dimensional images of virtually any organ in the human body in record time. For example, in most instances a standard high-resolution scan of the heart, brain or lungs takes only 7 seconds. A scan of the entire body takes about 30 seconds! Near-perfect image quality and the ability to rotate and examine the three-dimensional photos allow physicians to view images with increased clarity and greater detail leading to improved clinical diagnosis.

Offering the ability to “freeze” motion, the new 64-slice is especially exciting for examining the beating heart, providing non-invasive images of the heart and its major vessels without the blurring caused by motion. Dr. Paul A. Jones, Mercy’s Chief of Cardiovascular Services states, “This leading-edge technology offers patients access to unprecedented heart and vascular disease evaluation and exemplifies our commitment to offer quality, state-of-the-art health care to Chicago. Once again we are revolutionizing the way heart and vascular disease is detected and diagnosed—right here at Mercy.”

Home to one of the Midwest’s leading Heart & Vascular programs, Mercy is renowned for its revolutionizing approach to the prevention, early intervention, and minimally invasive treatment of cardiovascular disease and strokes. In fact, Mercy was the first in Chicago to repair blockages in the carotid arteries using stents, and the first in Chicago to perform a minimally invasive Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Stent-Graft procedure. Designated as one of the only primary stroke centers in Illinois, Mercy also offers a comprehensive approach to caring for stroke patients that integrates its “fast-track” Emergency Center, advanced stroke treatment protocol, specially trained clinicians, and individualized rehabilitation plan.

As a true leader in cardiovascular and stroke care, promising applications of the new 64-slice at Mercy include evaluation for coronary artery disease, carotid artery disease, abdominal and thoracic aortic disease, pulmonary embolism, and acute stroke.

In addition to improved clinical diagnosis, the 64-slice offers numerous other advantages to patients including shorter exam times, single-breath holds for scanning, and more rapid results to facilitate the treatment process. This means less tension and more comfort for patients.

The 64-slice scanner is housed in the Radiology Department at Mercy Hospital and a physician’s order is required prior to scheduling a 64-slice scan. For more information, please contact your Mercy physician. To learn more about Mercy’s areas of excellence, advanced programs and services, as well as screenings and educational classes, visit www.mercy-chicago.org or call 312.567.2600.


Home to one of the Midwest’s leading Heart & Vascular programs, Mercy is renowned for its revolutionizing approach to the prevention, early intervention, and minimally invasive treatment of cardiovascular disease and stroke. In fact, Mercy was the first in Chicago to repair blockages in the carotid arteries using stents, and the first in Chicago to perform a minimally invasive Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Stent-Graft procedure. Designated as one of few primary stroke centers in Illinois, Mercy also offers a comprehensive approach to caring for stroke patients that integrates its “fast-track” Emergency Center, advanced stroke treatment protocol, specially trained clinicians, and individualized rehabilitation plan.

 
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