Electron Beam CT Scan (EBT)

Calcium Score, Full Body Scan, Bone Density and Body Fat Analysis

Electron Beam Tomography (EBT) can identify coronary artery disease as much as two decades prior to the onset of symptoms with an accuracy of 99%. The scan reveals “calcified plaque”— hard, dense deposits involving the coronary arteries and other structures that indicate the presence and extent of atherosclerosis.  This equipment generates a “calcium score”. This plaque has been shown to closely correlate with the degree to which the arteries are becoming obstructed, the risk of heart attack and overall cardiovascular prognosis. EBT is not only the most accurate imaging technique with respect to calcium scoring, but also carries significantly less radiation exposure than the standard CT scan. The EBT scan takes less than five minutes to complete and has over 26 years of data. It is the only form of CT recommended by the American Heart Association for screening for heart disease.

EBT goes beyond “risk factors,” such as high cholesterol and family history, which only show that there is a potential for developing coronary artery disease. Calcium scoring, instead, shows if the disease is truly present. It can also identify heart valve defects, enlargement of the heart, fluid around the heart, enlargement of the aorta (aneurysm) and a variety of other abnormalities. EBT calcium scoring is an essential part of Preventive Cardiology of New York’s in-depth examination.

EBT has uncovered 125 diseases, and has had 11 forms of cancer confirmed. EBT of the lungs can identify emphysema, tumors or suspicious masses and lung nodules. The EBT exam may also include imaging of your abdominal and pelvic regions. Scanning of these areas can detect important abnormalities of the liver, pancreas, kidneys, ovaries and uterus, bladder, prostate and lymph nodes.

EBT QCT Bone Mineral Density Screening

Bone density screening evaluates the body’s susceptibility to fractures. Increased susceptibility is most often linked to osteoporosis, a progressive disease that removes calcium from the bones and decreases their strength. Osteoporosis occurs most often in women, although men with certain risk factors are susceptible as well.  QCT is the most sensitive method to evaluate bone density, and has been shown to be far more accurate in this regard than the more commonly used “Dexascan”. Quantitative CT techniques of measuring bone density in this manner can provide a true assessment of bone density and bone loss. In fact, bone loss of as little as two percent can be detected through this software.

EBT Body Fat Analysis

All forms of body fat analysis try to measure the percent of tissue in the body that consists of fat. Traditional techniques used to analyze body fat include measuring electrical conductivity through the body or using finger-pinch folds of skin and fat just beneath the skin, both of which are often quite imprecise. Our calculation is performed using a far more advanced method. Our Electron Beam Tomography replaces inaccurate, older technology with ultra-fast CT scanning. The scan quantifies the amount of visceral (fat around the abdominal organs that predisposes to inflammation and diabetes) and subcutaneous body fat, and provides the most accurate body fat ratio available – a far more useful predictor of health risks related to obesity than simple calculations based on weight and height (BMI).