Technology | December 07, 2009

Health Screening Suite Offers Cardiac Calcium Scoring, Echo Stress

December 7, 2009 – Six widely used tests that determine risk factors for a specific disease are included in Medweb’s new Health Screening Suite, showcased last week at RSNA 2009.

Each screening test in the suite creates a more efficient reading workflow for radiologists and computes a score based on objective information obtained by the diagnostic imaging study. The suite is designed for smaller offices and health screening centers. The suite allows easy creation of a report with images the patient can take home with them.

Cardiac calcium scoring uses a CT scan of the heart and arteries to detect the buildup of calcium in plaque on the walls of the coronary arteries. While no guidelines currently exist for recommending screening for calcium buildup, a 2007 ACC/AHA Clinical Expert Consensus judged that it may be reasonable to consider using CAC measurement in asymptomatic patients with intermediate risk for CAD. The committee also recognized that evidence suggests patients considered low risk for CAD by virtue of atypical cardiac symptoms may benefit from cardiac calcium scoring to help rule out the presence of obstructive CAD.

A stress test helps a physician determine the amount of stress that a patient’s heart can manage before developing either an abnormal rhythm or evidence of ischemia. A stress echocardiogram is often used to visualize motion of the heart’s walls and pumping action after it has been stressed.

A bone density test to determine a patient’s risk of osteoporosis, examines the bone mineral density using X-rays to measure grams of calcium and other bone minerals.

The suite also offers virtual colonoscopy (VC) to visualize 100 percent of the interior and exterior colon. Traditional colonoscopy typically visualizes only 80 percent of the interior colon, as it is unable to see behind colon folds, where polyps may hide. Additionally, in approximately 5 percent of all cases, the patient’s colon is too long to allow traditional colonoscopy to reach the cecum.

Abdominal fat density scoring is also included, which examines visceral fat. Recent studies show this type of fat is linked to metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, including hypertension and diabetes, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease cancer, depression and total mortality, including premature death. The level of abdominal fat is widely recognized as a predictor of risk for developing CAD and other diseases for both men and women, the company said. The current gold standard for scoring of visceral fat is CT, and to a lesser extent, MRI; these tests quantify the dense fat surrounding intra-abdominal organs.

For more information: www.medweb.com

Related Content

DrChrono and 3D4Medical Partner to Bring 3-D Interactive Modeling to Physician Practices
News | Advanced Visualization | March 18, 2019
DrChrono Inc. and 3D4Medical have teamed up so practices across the United States can access 3-D interactive modeling...
Jennifer N. A. Silva, M.D., a pediatric cardiologist at Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis, Mo., describes “mixed reality” at ACC19 Future Hub.

Jennifer N. A. Silva, M.D., a pediatric cardiologist at Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis, Mo., describes “mixed reality” at ACC19 Future Hub.

Feature | Cardiac Imaging | March 17, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr
Virtual reality (VR) and its less immersive kin, augmented reality (AR), are gaining traction in some medical applica
Sponsored Content | Videos | Enterprise Imaging | March 15, 2019
As a VNA, GE Healthcare Ce
Bay Labs Announces New Data on EchoGPS, AutoEF AI Software at ACC.19
News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | March 15, 2019
Artificial intelligence (AI) company Bay Labs announced the presentation of two studies assessing performance of the...
FDA Grants Breakthrough Designation to Paige.AI
News | Digital Pathology | March 08, 2019
Artificial intelligence (AI) startup company Paige.AI has been granted Breakthrough Device designation by the U.S. Food...
Carestream Health has signed an agreement to sell its healthcare information systems (HCIS) business to Philips Healthcare. Image by geralt on Pixabay

Carestream Health has signed an agreement to sell its healthcare information systems (HCIS) business to Philips Healthcare. This includes its radiology and cardiology PACS and reporting software. Image by geralt on Pixabay 

News | Radiology Business | March 07, 2019
Carestream Health has signed an agr
Dianna Bardo, M.D., is the vice chair of radiology for clinical development at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Dianna Bardo, M.D., is the vice chair of radiology for clinical development at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. 

Sponsored Content | Webinar | Enterprise Imaging | March 06, 2019
The webinar "Replacing PACS and the Benefits of Enterprise Partnership in a Pediatric Hospital" will take place at 2