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New technology rolled out on the NHS will rapidly improve the rate at which patients are diagnosed with coronary heart disease.
Can turn a regular CT scan into a 3D image, allowing doctors to diagnose patients in just 20 minutes.
The HeartFlow 3D scanning technology estimated to save the NHS some £391 per patient.
People are now set to be seen, diagnosed and treated around five times faster.
The British Heart Foundation welcomed the advance as particularly important during Covid-19 pandemic.
“..meaningful impact at our hospitals, improving the diagnosis and treatment of the leading cause of death”, - Dr Derek Connolly, consultant cardiologist at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust.
Patients with less serious conditions can be given lifestyle tips or cholesterol-lowering medication.
“This will benefit patients and the NHS by preventing unnecessary admissions and quickly providing best treatment," - Nilesh Samani, medical director at the British Heart Foundation.