HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
New use of 64-slice CT scan to be studied at HUP to help diagnose coronary artery disease in the ED

tient comes into the ED complaining of chest pain, an EKG is performed, blood tests are done, the pain is treated and then the patient is admitted to the hospital for further testing to make sure they are not having a heart attack," explains Harold Litt, MD, PhD, Chief of Cardiovascular Imaging in Radiology at HUP. "But now, after assessing the likelihood that it's actually coronary artery disease causing the chest pain -- based on family history and other factors -- low-risk patients can have this CT scan quickly, and within two to three hours of arriving in the ED, we can tell whether or not the patient has coronary disease and needs to stay in the hospital or if he can be sent home. The test itself takes only about five minutes, and can also show us many causes of chest pain not related to the heart."

"In the end, we hope to find patients that we can send home right away because nearly 85 percent don't have ischemic coronary artery disease," said Judd Hollander, MD, the emergency medicine physician leading the study at HUP. "This is useful to Emergency Department physicians to find the 15 percent who actually do."

William Baxt, MD, Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Penn, adds, "This utilization of multi-slice CT in the ED may help us catch the patients who we might have initially thought were safe to go home, but they're not. They need further treatment and observation for heart disease."

Dr. Baxt further explains, "On the other side, this potentially could save society vast amounts of money by foregoing unnecessary admission into hospitals for further testing. Also, more beds as well as emergency medicine personnel would be available to treat the really ill patients who need care."


'"/>

Contact: Susanne Hartman
susanne.hartman@uphs.upenn.edu
215-349-5964
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
29-Sep-2005


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Spinal manipulation in children studied
2. New blood thinner studied for patients with leg and lung clots
3. ACTOS (pioglitazone HCl) to be studied in new trial
4. Use of high hydrostatic pressure to inactivate Hepatitis A virus in oysters studied
5. Long-term outcomes studied for stem cell transplant recipients
6. New treatments for common vaginal infection being studied
7. RAND finds cases of undiagnosed diabetes drop sharply
8. New Mayo Clinic MRI technology enables noninvasive liver diagnoses
9. Breast MRI may help determine surgical management of women with newly diagnosed breast cancer
10. Electronic nose may help diagnose asthma
11. New blood test can diagnose and monitor treatment of Parkinsons disease

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: New use slice scan studied HUP help diagnose coronary artery disease the

(Date:4/14/2014)... orphaned by HIV/AIDS in South Africa may provide insight ... behavior issues in other areas of the world, which ... that could lead to successful interventions. , A ... United Nations mentions that due to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, ... African, children are at an increased risk for mental ...
(Date:4/14/2014)... A new study shows that moderate to severe ... risk of stroke, cancer and death. , Results of ... to severe obstructive sleep apnea were four times more ... times more likely to have a stroke (HR = ... (HR = 3.4), and 2.5 times more likely to ...
(Date:4/14/2014)... Dallas study involving serious youth offenders, the answer to one ... seven years: "How long do you think you,ll live?", According ... offending over time., Author Dr. Alex Piquero said the study ... of them offend at very high rates and commit more ... much later in life offend much less., "In a lot ...
(Date:4/14/2014)... with symptoms increasing dramatically during some of the most important ... has found. , Depressive symptoms increased on average by 68 ... young men, who were around 25 years old when they ... their children. The results of the study were published April ... is the first to identify when young fathers are at ...
(Date:4/14/2014)... Lower weight babies and babies who aren,t breastfed ... risk of developing chronic inflammation and related health ... study. , "There were good reasons to hypothesize ... inflammation in adulthood," says Thomas McDade (Northwestern University), ... in the Child & Brain Development program. "It ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Researchers identify children with emotional behavior difficulties 2Health News:Researchers identify children with emotional behavior difficulties 3Health News:Study links severe sleep apnea to increased risk of stroke, cancer and death 2Health News:UT Dallas study: Youth who fail to envision future commit more crimes 2Health News:Young dads at high risk of depression, too 2Health News:Low birth weight, less breastfeeding create later health risks 2
(Date:1/15/2014)... 2014 As health officials across the Midwest ... select Meijer pharmacies in Michigan ... throat to eligible patients, enabling Meijer pharmacists to administer ... under strict protocol set by a physician participating in ... Mich. -based retailer is collaborating with Ferris State ...
(Date:1/15/2014)... , Jan. 15, 2014 Massachusetts ... (NASDAQ: AMGN ) announced today that ... discover and validate new therapeutic targets and develop ... chronic disorder that affects millions worldwide. The MGH-Broad-Amgen ... medicine, IBD biology, human genetics, genomic technology, and ...
(Date:1/15/2014)... 2014  Manufacturers, suppliers and distributors of ... able to protect their most important business ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130716/CL46586LOGO ) Because ... Device Industry, it steadfastly remains one of ... involving IP infringement. This litigious nature can ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Meijer Pharmacy Offers Free Flu, Strep Testing as Influenza Cases Rise Across the Midwest 2Meijer Pharmacy Offers Free Flu, Strep Testing as Influenza Cases Rise Across the Midwest 3Mass. General, Broad Institute and Amgen Will Work to Discover New Drugs for Inflammatory Bowel Disease 2Mass. General, Broad Institute and Amgen Will Work to Discover New Drugs for Inflammatory Bowel Disease 3Mass. General, Broad Institute and Amgen Will Work to Discover New Drugs for Inflammatory Bowel Disease 4Intellectual Property Insurance for Medical-related Products and Services 2
Cached News: