Almost no special preparation is required for this procedure. The patient should leave all jewelry at home and wear loose comfortable clothing.
The procedure takes just 5 minutes.
The Benefits of the IMT Scan
The information gained from the IMT scan gives an approximate risk of cardiovascular and stroke risk that exists so that measures may be taken to prevent the occurrence
of such diseases. Among the areas where IMT is most effective is the case of people at intermediate risk for coronary heart disease, those with metabolic syndrome,
diabetes or a family history of premature heart disease.
With the use of the IMT scan those at risk can be advised of lifestyle changes and behavioural modifications that can lower the risk. For example,
simply showing smokers images of the effect that smoking has on their arteries may be enough to motivate them to stop.
Article by Dr. Iyappan Ponnuswamy, MD, FRCR
Chief Radiologist, Kauvery Hospital