Rhode Island Hospital
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02903
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The Miriam Hospital164 Summit Avenue
Providence, RI 02906
hospitals were the first in Rhode Island to use a 64-slice CT scanner,
which is useful in diagnosing a variety of cardiac conditions—most
notably coronary artery disease. The scanner has sub-millimeter
resolution that provides crystal-clear, stop-action images of the heart,
with detail so precise that even coronary artery disease can be
accurately detected before significant heart damage is sustained.
Coronary artery disease is a nationwide epidemic, and its effect on the
heart can be catastrophic. This powerful diagnostic tool can provide
lifesaving information about your heart and coronary circulation in less
than 15 minutes with a simple intravenous injection.
The scanner produces images that are then processed by a computer to
create three-dimensional images of the heart and surrounding structures.
We are able to see static images of the heart in enough detail to detect
the early stages of plaque buildup in coronary arteries, which was never
before possible in a noninvasive way.
We can identify people with coronary artery disease, and assess the
severity of disease when present. We can also rule out coronary disease
in patients who have unusual symptoms. This allows physicians to
diagnose and prescribe treatment for heart disease earlier than ever
before and to offer you the best opportunity to prevent further damage
to your heart.