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Pierpont Family Medicine
4838 E. Baseline Rd. #103
Mesa, AZ 85206
Practice Manager: Jon Frye
Computed Tomography (CT), also known as computerized tomography or computed axial tomography (CAT), is an advanced X-ray technology that produces a sequence of detailed cross-sectional images of the interior of the head, spine, chest, abdomen or other areas of the body. The complex images are produced by rotating a focused X-ray beam around the patient and taking these X-ray images from numerous angles, guided by a computer. CT examinations produce detailed organ studies by capturing multiple individual image “slices.”
Pierpont Family Medicine uses Marquis Diagnostic Imaging for these scans, they are different than other imaging facilities because they offer the most advanced CT technology; the Aquilion One. The Aquilion One 320 detector row CT scanner is unparalleled in its capabilities, which include: detection and measurement of toothpick thin blockages in the blood vessels, detection of nearly imperceptible changes in blood flow, creation of flawless 3-D images of any organ, joint or body part, in less than a heartbeat. It is equally important to note that this groundbreaking technology comes at no additional cost to the patient and with significantly less radiation than other CT scanners currently in use.
With the 3D imaging the radiologist can get the truest sense of what is going on inside your body. It is not numbers on a page or symptoms it is the hard data your doctor might need to see if you have narrowing of the arteries in your heart that could lead to heart attack, stoke, or sudden death.
This is not a test we order for everyone but if other simpler diagnostic tests show signs or disease we can order this very detailed scan.
The pictures on this page are actual images from the 3D coronary artery exam, and can show potential trouble like blockages or put your mind at ease knowing there are no abnormalities.