June 21, 2007
Heart disease remains the number one killer of American adults.
Now, hospitals in our area are taking advantage of the latest technology that can help detect the symptoms before its too late.
Martha Jefferson Hospital is home The GE Light Speed 64-Slice CT Scanner.
Thursday, we accompanied Charlottesville’s Police Chief Tim Longo, as he prepared to show us first hand the magic of this new technology using himself as the patient.
“I always been concerned about heart health care and I’ve had family members who have suffered from heart attacks so I wanted to take advantage of this opportunity and see just how heard healthy I really am,” said Longo.
He says he gets plenty of exercise but admits his diet isn’t where it should be and he knows genetics could one day get the best of him.
Use this level of technology to take a look inside and see what’s going on so that if there’s an opportunity to start doing some things that are preventative I can.
Martha Jefferson is home to one of the best CT scanners a hospital can buy; helping many patients who aren’t even symptomatic but have a family history of high cholesterol.
“More recently fast scans have been coming out which means, faster means you get better pictures, better resolution and plus you can do them quicker. We are able to get detailed pictures of the heart and the blood vessels that feed the heart,” said Dr. Pradeep Rajagopalan, a radiologist at MJH.
MJH’s Lead CT Technician, Wayne Nolen said, “It would give us an opportunity to head off any potential cardiac damage in the future by doing some dimple tests as we did today.”
After a few quick minutes of lying on the scanner, the chief was able to see inside his own heart and doctors could point out any potential problems.
Dr. Rajagopalan said, “It makes it easier when you have better pictures to make that diagnosis and make recommendations.”
“It was an interesting process and procedure. I think we learned a lot from it,” said Longo.