The 3D scan that can spot heart disease in 20 minutes

The 3D scan that can spot heart disease in 20 minutes: Hi-tech imaging could enable doctors to diagnose patients five times faster... with 35,000 people set to benefit each year HeartFlow introduced in UK to reduce time from first appointment to surgery  It turns regular CT scan of heart into a 3D image that shows up any blockages   Doctors are thus able to diagnose life-threatening heart disease in 20 minutes 

By Shaun Wooller For The Daily Mail

Published: 00:03 BST, 4 May 2021 | Updated: 00:04 BST, 4 May 2021

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A scan that produces 3D images of the heart will allow NHS doctors to diagnose and treat patients five times faster.

More than 35,000 patients with suspected heart disease will benefit from the service each year, it is hoped.

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HeartFlow was introduced nationwide last month and will reduce the time from a first appointment to surgery from 31 weeks to seven.

It turns a regular CT scan of the heart into a 3D image that shows blockages and restricted blood flow. This allows doctors to diagnose life-threatening heart disease in just 20 minutes.

Patients may be given surgery, cholesterol-busting statins or healthy lifestyle advice, depending on the severity of disease.

HeartFlow was introduced nationwide last month and will reduce the time from a first appointment to surgery from 31 weeks to seven. Pictured: Stock image

HeartFlow was introduced nationwide last month and will reduce the time from a first appointment to surgery from 31 weeks to seven. Pictured: Stock image

Previously, a diagnosis required an angiogram, which involves taking X-rays as a catheter is inserted into the groin or wrist and threaded to the heart to detect narrow or blocked

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