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LipiScan Coronary Imaging System
LipiScan Coronary Imaging System
The LipiScan Coronary Imaging System made its debut in Arizona at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center. The new technology uses near-infrared imaging to help detect lipid core-containing plaque in the heart. LipiScan is used on heart patients undergoing cardiac catheterization. It enables physicians to see inside a blood vessel to assess the fat content of the plaque built up on the wall of the coronary arteries. Knowing the composition of the plaque can help physicians provide appropriate treatment for managing the patient's coronary artery disease. Lipid core-containing plaque cannot be detected by commonly used tests such as treadmill exams and coronary angiograms. It is believed to be "vulnerable plaque" or fatty plaque that ruptures to form dangerous blood clots. Such plaque is suspected of causing most sudden cardiac deaths, strokes and non-fatal heart attacks. "The ability to detect vulnerable plaque may go a long way in providing information to help prevent heart attacks in the future," said David Rizik, MD, medical director of Invasive Cardiology at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center. To learn more about Heart & Vascular Services at Scottsdale Healthcare, visit