Diagnostic Imaging

Sacramento Heart’s diagnostic imaging capabilities include:

  • GE 64-Slice VCT


The 64-slice VCT provides a comprehensive view of the heart and coronary arteries with sub-millimeter resolution in 5 seconds. The coverage helps reduce beat-to-beat variability, resulting in more robust, repeatable procedures, greater vessel visualization and shorter breath holds for sick patients.


This unique feature of our advanced VCT gives us the ability to help clinicians rule out (or in) the three most life-threatening critical conditions involving chest pain in a single scan: aortic dissection, pulmonary embolism and coronary artery disease.


The superior spatial and temporal resolution of the 4 cm detector and faster gantry speed makes coronary CTA possible for any patient. With enhanced small vessel visualization, CTA is able to accurately depict artery size and blood flow, and is an excellent non-invasive interim step for certain defined clinical situations between suspected CAD and cardiac catheterization.


VCT provides the ability to dynamically acquire both anatomy and perfusion/blood flow to the brain in a cine scan. Additionally, both qualitative and quantitative data is provided for the assessment of brain stroke and brain tumor, helping physicians to make a quick diagnosis while reducing the number of exams the patient may need to undergo.


The higher spatial resolution of the VCT generates exceptional quality images of the lower extremities with greater confidence. In fact, when compared with earlier generation 16-slice scanners, the 64-slice VCT makes it possible to more accurately grade stenosis and determine hemodynamic significance, especially in the case of a patient with multiple lesions.


Volume CT Perfusion is especially useful for the evaluation of primary tumor targets, metastases and for therapy follow-up. The 4 cm coverage doubles the evaluable tumor size and tissue region. Additionally, the system is ideal for non-invasive detection of lung nodules and colon polyps, as well as an excellent tool to evaluate the impact of therapy.


VCT dramatically improves the ability to detect subtle abnormalities in the renal system when compared to older CT models. With the ability to accurately image the renal collecting system, kidney parenchyma and ureters, it can potentially replace an intravenous pyelogram (IVP) and retrograde pyelogram.


The VCT’s ability to precisely render anatomy in three dimensions makes it ideal for musculoskeletal and orthopedic studies, including the evaluation of complex fractures, equivocal fractures, bone bar formation and tarsal coalition. It precisely identifies small fractures, such as in the cervical spine, that are not visible with other CT scanners. It is also an ideal modality for post-operative evaluation of bone and joints, especially since there is significant reduction in artifact from orthopedic hardware.