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Latest 3D scanners diagnose heart disease in just 20 minutes


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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.

NHS rolls out 3D imaging technology for rapid diagnosis & early management of coronary heart disease

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British Heart Foundation (BHF)

Charity organization researching heart and circulatory diseases

Derek Connolly

Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at Birmingham City Hospital & Sandwell Hospital


UK National Health Service, publicly funded healthcare system in England

Nilesh J. Samani

Professor of Cardiology at University of Leicester.