"HSC Medical Center has the added edge of state-of-the-art screening technology."
MSCT Scans For Heart, Stroke & Cancer Risks
While the conventional blood and urine tests, ECG, chest X-ray, treadmill and ultrasound are common in most diagnostic places, the HSC Medical Center has the added edge of state-of-the-art screening technology, notably the 16-slice MSCT Scanner. The HSC Medical Center , which opened its doors in February this year in Kuala Lumpur is a one-stop Centre for screening of heart, stroke and cancer diseases. Women can also undergo the Pap Smear, mammogram and pelvic ultrasound, and a Dexa bone scan at the same place.
For detection of heart diseases and stroke, the MSCT Scanner is able to capture detailed images of the heart and its vessels. It only takes one second to obtain 38 images. The whole heart scan is done in 22 seconds. Cardiologists at the Centre will view and analyse the coronary calcium scoring and plaque differentiation images for heart attack risk.
Besides the heart, one can undergo a total body scan (thorax to pelvis) as well as a head and neck scan. The scanned image of the neck can detect narrowing of the carotid artery in the neck, an important cause of stroke. The MSCT Scanner can also perform non-invasive coronary angiogram for evaluation of the heart vessels after bypass surgery, balloon angioplasty or stenting.
For cancer detection, the Centre looks at tumour markers. For males, these are Alpha FP, CEA, CA19.9 and PSA. For females, these are Alpha FP, CEA, CA19.9, CA15.3 and CA125. The MSCT images also aid in early detection of lung cancer and colon cancer.
hs-CRP Blood Test
The Centre has its own in-house laboratory which can analyse and give reports on blood and urine samples within the same day. According to executive director of the HSC Medical Center , the lab conducts the highly sensitive hs-CRP blood test, which is a more accurate marker for heart attack risk than cholesterol. He notes that this test is presently not incorporated in blood tests in most Malaysian hospitals, but is widely used in hospitals in the US.
In the treatment of heart diseases, the Centre collaborates with another hospital for follow-up procedures. However, the Centre itself provides daycare procedures such as coronary angiogram and Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP), a non-surgical treatment for heart disease. During EECP, sequential external compression is applied to the lower calves, lower and upper thighs at the onset of the diastole, using three pairs of air cuffs. External pressure is released at the onset of systole. According to executive director, this is FDA-approved for treatment of angina and heart failure.