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October 31, 2007

MAURY REGIONAL UTILIZES 64-SLICE CT FOR STATE-OF-THE-ART HEART IMAGING

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Maury Regional Hospital (MRH) became one of the first hospitals in the region to perform advanced cardiac imaging utilizing its new LightSpeed® Volume Computed Tomography (VCT) system. The world’s first VCT, this equipment brings a new era in imaging to the region by offering an innovative way for physicians to diagnose cardiovascular disease. Now physicians are able to capture images of a beating heart in just five heartbeats.

“Our new Volume CT system allows our physicians to perform new and enhanced procedures such as CT angiography and obtain the information they need to diagnose patients who are suffering from chest pain,” said Todd Justice, M.D., an interventional cardiologist on the medical staff. “The physicians at Maury Regional Hospital have a new tool to help them diagnose cardiovascular disease.”

Because of the LightSpeed VCT’s unique capabilities, the physicians at MRH can capture images of the whole heart and coronary arteries in just five heartbeats—providing clearer images of cardiovascular anatomy and a shorter breath-hold for sick and elderly patients.

In a single rotation, the Volume CT system creates 64 high-resolution anatomical images as thin as a credit card. These images are combined to form a three-dimensional view of the patient’s anatomy for the physicians at MRH to analyze. From these images, physicians can view such things as blockages in the coronary arteries, as well as the motion and pumping action of a patient’s heart.

“We’re breaking barriers in speed and accuracy of patient exams and are now able to offer new and enhanced diagnostic procedures thanks to our new LightSpeed VCT,” stated Wesley Brewer, M.D., a physician specializing in radiology. “The technology greatly benefits both our physicians and patients in southern Middle Tennessee.”

This is the latest advancement for Maury Regional’s Heart Center, following national awards for quality of care and a partnership with Vanderbilt Heart to provide cardiovascular and thoracic surgery.

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