For heart patients with stable but persistent cardiac issues such as chest pain or an irregular heart beat), an anonymous donation to St. Paul’s Foundation has provided a non-invasive solution.
FFRct modelling, which is basically a CT scan, converted to a more detailed image provides physicians with the anatomy via the CT scan, and the physiology from the modelling component. “We get flow, velocity and pressure. We know that not all narrowings cause significant (blood) flow disturbance and only the significant ones need to be dealt with,” says Dr. Jonathon Leipsic, chairman, Department of Radiology at St. Paul’s.
This is a difference-maker for patients not requiring interventions but who simply need their condition monitored – FFRcT modelling delivers all of the information but without any of the more-invasive catheter angiograms required.