If your doctor suspects that you have a problem with your heart or blood, the next step could be to have a scan with a radiologist. It is important to accurately and quickly diagnose such diseases so that the doctor can begin treatment as soon as possible.
1. There are different types of scan to help with diagnosis and management of diseases
If you are suspected to have a problem with your heart or blood, cardiologists and radiologists use different types of medical imaging to help with diagnosis. We are going to look at two examples: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Computed Tomography (CT).
An MRI is an imaging technique that uses powerful magnets, radio waves, and a computer to make detailed pictures of the inside of your body. This imaging technique does not use radiation. Your doctor can use this test to diagnose certain diseases or to see how well you've responded to treatment1.
A CT scan allows doctors to see inside your body. It uses a combination of X-rays and a computer to create pictures of your organs, bones, and other tissues. It shows more detail than a regular X-ray 2.
2. Special scans detect problems with your heart or blood system
Your heart and blood vessels make up your cardiovascular system. If you have a problem with these parts of your body you are said to have a cardiovascular disease. One way to detect such diseases could be through two special types of MRI or CT scans.
More than 110 million radiological examinations are performed annually worldwide and heart and blood scans represent a third of these 3,4
3. Scans can also help with treatment and management of heart or blood conditions
Radiologists and cardiologists use scans as they can help diagnose, treat and manage a heart or blood disease.
4. A patient can influence the quality of a scan
At Bayer we carried out a study on over 1,000 patients to find out how they felt about having a scan. We found that 55% of patients felt anxious during the procedure – this could influence how successful a scan is.
Talk to your healthcare professional to prepare yourself for a scan. If you feel worried or are not sure what to expect they can explain what role you play in helping make the scan a success. This could include things such as breathing in or out when instructed or trying to keep as still as possible for the duration of the procedure.
Patients who feel well-prepared and informed could be more relaxed during the procedure and more able to follow the instructions they receive during the scan. This contributes to a better image that helps with diagnosis.
“These results emphasize the role that education can play in ensuring patients feel both confident and reassured ahead of, during, and after their scan. At Bayer, we have developed support materials for both patients and radiologists with the goal of increasing this knowledge, to the benefit of all involved. ”
Dr. Thomas Balzer, Head Medical & Clinical Affairs Radiology, Bayer
If you are preparing for a scan or simply want to learn more about them, take a look at our radiology website to find out more.