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Published on July 22, 2016

256-slice CT: Latest imaging technology benefits patients

When general surgeon Ye Ye, MD, entered the emergency room at York General Hospital, he wasn’t there to see a patient; rather, he was the patient, and he was experiencing chest pain. Thankfully, Bryan Heart cardiologist Clyde Meckel, MD, was already onsite, and quickly arranged for Dr. Ye to have a cardiac computed tomography (CT) scan at Bryan Heart in Lincoln to check for blockages in his arteries.

New technology

Bryan Heart’s new high-resolution CT scanner is now the first step. This new technology often rules out coronary artery disease quickly with less discomfort for the patient than catheterization.

Bryan Heart had been using the industry standard 64-slice cardiac CT at Bryan Medical Center for several years. In 2015, a more advanced, 256-slice CT scanner became available. Bryan is the only medical center in Nebraska to offer 256-slice CT scanning. It has many benefits, including:

• Significantly better quality images (slices)

• Captures a complete 3-D scan of the heart in just one heartbeat

• Provides greater safety for patients as it cuts radiation exposure by as much as 70 percent

The final answer

A significant number of patients get their “final answer” with the 256-slice CT. This was the case with Beatrice resident Diane Trimble, who had been experiencing shortness of breath and chest pain. Concerned she may have coronary artery disease, her physician, Andrew Bohart, MD, of Southeast Lincoln Family Medicine, which is part of the Bryan Physician Network, referred her to Bryan Heart. After a negative stress test, Diane still was having symptoms, so cardiologist John Steuter, MD, recommended the 256-slice CT.

“Though I was a little uneasy before having the CT, I found there was nothing to be afraid of,” she recalls. “The Bryan Heart technician told me what to expect and then talked me through the scan.”

Diane was relieved that her scan came back negative, and that she didn’t have to undergo a more painful procedure to find that out.

Moving forward

Dr. Meckel has been instrumental in bringing up-to-date technology, like the new 256-slice CT, to Bryan. “This technology is a big step forward,” he says. “This is an example of the commitment Bryan Health has to serving patients in our community with leading edge technology, and with expertise in diagnoses and procedures.”

Read the entire article that appeared in the Spring 2016 Journeys magazine. To learn more about the 256-slice CT scanner or to watch a video of Dr. Clyde Meckel discussing this new technology, go to


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