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St. Francis Hospital & Heart Center® NAEOTOM Alpha
Dr. Khalique (front left) with the St. Francis Imaging team in front of the NAEOTOM Alpha scanner.

St. Francis Hospital & Heart Center® (Roslyn, NY) continues to guard Long Islanders’ heart health with the implementation of the NAEOTOM Alpha, the world’s first photon-counting computed tomography (CT) scanner. St. Francis is the first hospital on Long Island to introduce this ground-breaking technology and the first and only dedicated cardiovascular center in the country using the scanner.

“I am delighted that we at St. Francis Hospital are able to offer this brand new, revolutionary device first and foremost to our patients on Long Island and are leading the nation in spearheading this technology,” said St. Francis Hospital & Heart Center® Director of Cardiovascular Imaging Omar Khalique, MD. “The face of diagnostic cardiac CT imaging is changing, and we are starting right here on Long Island.”

The photo-counting CT’s revolutionary images allow patients to benefit from a comprehensive examination using low radiation and contrast dose. Traditional CT detectors convert X-rays in a two-step process, first into visible light that is then detected by a light sensor. This extra step can potentially alter the quality of the image. The NAOTOM Alpha directly converts X-ray photons into digital electrical signals without information loss or harm to the patient, eliminating the weakness previously inherent in all CT scanners and provides a significantly higher level of precise diagnostic imaging.

“As a leader in cardiovascular care, we strive to offer best-in-class technology that delivers that most optimal results,” said St. Francis Hospital & Heart Center® President Charles L. Lucore, MD. “Dr. Khalique and his team are doing amazing work, and the NAEOTOM Alpha will continue to allow us to offer the best possible care to our patients on Long Island and across the region.”

Learn more about the award-winning cardiovascular care offered at St. Francis Hospital & Heart Center® and throughout Catholic Health.

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