Thursday, April 22, 2010
Medical Reports: Under the Surface
From heart disease to cancer, the latest imaging tool is making it easier for doctors to see exactly what's going on inside your body. 7's Richard Lemus shows us how this scanner is exposing what's under the surface.
WSVN -- Twenty-three-year-old Jessica Castro loves riding on the back of her boyfriend's ATV, but one sunny day something went wrong.
Jessica Castro: "We hit a bump on the road, I lost balance. I wasn't holding on tight enough. My leg happened to slip under the wheel and the wheel caught part of my leg."
Jessica's leg became swollen and she was worried about infection, so her doctor sent her for a CT scan to find out the extent of her injuries, but this was no ordinary scanner.
Dr. Jose Vazquez, South Florida Multispecialty Associates: "There's essentially 64 cameras looking at the patient in one rotation, which means the studies are done a lot faster."
Dr. Jose Vazquez says the siemens 64 slice CT scanner provides a much clearer picture of what's going on inside the body.
Dr. Jose Vazquez: "You really get beautiful anatomy of what exactly is happening with the tissues or the organs or the bones, etc."
The scanner creates 3D images that can help diagnose anything from heart problems to cancer .
Dr. Jose Vazquez: "It could accurately diagnose a patient with a stroke, circulation to the brain, anything in the lungs, for instance lung cancer."
Mauricio Zipper went to see the doctor when he started having trouble walking.
Mauricio Zipper: "I had to make some stops because parts of my leg were getting stiff from my hips all the way down."
After going through the scan it quickly detected a possibly dangerous circulation problem.
Dr. Jose Vazquez: "Sure enough we found significant blockages to the arteries to his lower extremities, so he's being referred to a vascular surgeon."
The scan is covered by most insurance companies. Jessica's injured leg was also scanned. The good news, she didn't suffer a fracture or get an infection from the accident doctors orders: Rest her leg and let it heal something she is ready for!
Jessica Castro: "I want it to happen as fast as possible, so I can go back to wearing skirts and my legs looking nice."
The doctor says there's one more benefit of the 64 slice CT scanner, it limits the amount of radiation the patient is exposed to.
FOR MORE INFO:
South Florida Multispecialty Associates
4308 Alton Road, 9th Floor
Miami Beach, FL 33140
Tel: (305) 695-0644