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128 Multi-Slice CT Scanner

128 Multi-Slice CT Scanner

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Potbellies Warn of Later Problems

You were a pretty good jock in high school, and in your 20s you tried everything from racquetball to running. But in middle age, even your softball glove is gathering dust. For recreation, you surf -- the Web, not the waves.

It's all part of that cavalier male attitude toward health that also makes men less likely than women to see a doctor.

The fact is, you might not care as much about looks as your wife does, but that fat around your abdomen is no laughing matter. A man's potbelly often warns of later problems ranging from heart disease to cancer, diabetes, arthritis, back pain, and sleep apnea.

Medical professionals are able to predict fairly accurately who is going to have a heart attack based on diet, blood pressure, and body weight. Obese men with high fat diets and high blood pressure are more likely to suffer from a heart attack.

Not all of them will have heart attacks, of course, but it's still enough to worry even a manly man like you. Fortunately, men can do something about it without running marathons and living on bean sprouts. Small changes in habits can pay big dividends.

Men on the move

You don't have to run a marathon every day to improve your health. A growing body of evidence indicates that just half an hour of moderate physical activity most days of the week can cut your blood pressure and body fat and improve your heart and lungs fitness. You don't even need 30 minutes straight. Three 10-minute chunks will work fine.

Here's some advice to run with:

  • Consult your doctor first. Don't start a fitness program until you do.

  • Build activity into your day. Take stairs, not elevators. Park farther away so you'll walk more. Trade the riding mower for one you push.

  • Consider hiring a trainer. Make sure a reputable group, such as the American College of Sports Medicine, certifies the trainer.

  • Find an exercise buddy. Your pal can move you to exercise when you don't feel like it.

  • Join a fitness club. The camaraderie and classes may help keep you on a schedule.

  • Find weekend fitness fun. An activity such as canoeing, hiking, or camping is an incentive to work out during the week to get ready.

  • If you golf, forget the cart. If carrying a bag is too demanding, use a pull-cart or a caddy.

  • Look for age-specific leagues or outdoor clubs. Try tennis, golf, basketball, softball, bicycling, hiking -- whatever you enjoy.

  • Volunteer to coach your children. Don't watch from the bleachers. Get physically involved in practices and workouts.

  • Set a goal. Sign up for a long bike ride, for instance, then use that as a training incentive.

Real men, real menus

Design meals that are nutrient-dense and calorie wise. High quality meals and snacks provide the necessary energy for a productive, binge-free day.

Heed these tips:

  • Divide your plate into quarters. Fill one quarter with lean meat and another quarter with a piece of bread or a little pasta, rice or potato, and half the plate with vegetables, salad, or fruit.

  • Aim for less saturated fat. That's the kind found in fatty cuts of meat, baked goods, and full-fat dairy products.

  • Switch to lean meats.

  • Avoid trans fats. These are partially hydrogenated oils found in many processed foods and baked goods.

  • Use monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. They lower cholesterol and heart-disease risk. Skim milk, nuts, avocados, olives, soybeans, and vegetable oils made from soy, flaxseed, corn, and canola all contain these heart-healthy fats. Yet, even though these are heart-healthy fats, they are calorically dense, so watch portion sizes.

  • Add fiber, fruits, and vegetables. Raw produce is especially good.

  • Cut back on sugars. Avoid foods with lots of sugar, such as soda, candy, and cookies.

View of Orthopedic Image with 128 CT Scanner

The first of two in Broward County!

Broward Health Weston is the first healthcare facility in Broward County and one of the first in the country to install the Siemens Somatom Definition AS+ 128 Multi-Slice CT scanner. It's the world's first CT Scanner to adapt to virtually every patient and clinical need and provides imaging for most types of diagnostic exams, including vessel imaging, cardiac tests and cancer staging.

The 128 Multi-Slice CT Scanner is capable of all routine diagnostic work as well as advanced examinations in cardiology, neurology and oncology. It is also suited for emergency situations like accidents, strokes or heart attacks requiring speedy diagnosis. Even difficult patients – obese, trauma and children – are quickly scanned with high diagnostic confidence.

The 128 provides full coverage of any organ in 4D. The speed of the scanner is faster than the beat of a human heart, which in turn produces spectacular images - providing patients with an accurate, speedy diagnosis. Plus, in many cases it eliminates the need for follow-up tests. This CT also offers safer procedures, providing each person with significant radiation protection, setting a new benchmark in lowering the radiation exposure to the patient. 

Comparison of an abdomen image from a single-slice CT versus the 128-slice CT

The Somatom Definition AS+ will join Broward Health Weston’s other diagnostic imaging services that include 3D/4D ultrasound, digital mammography, digital bone densitometry, MRI and breast MRI.

The 128 is located in the Diagnostic Imaging Center at BHW which is open seven days a week. The average scan takes approximately 3 to 15 minutes, depending on how much of the body needs to be imaged. Turn around time on diagnostic reports is less than 24 hours.

For more information, call 954-217-3300.

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