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Banner Imaging offering new program to help detect coronary blockages

PHOENIX (May 15, 2024) - Banner Imaging, in partnership with HeartFlow, is helping patients to detect potential coronary blockages sooner than would traditionally be identified with current imaging methods.  

Here is how this program works – the patient undergoes an imaging test, and the data from that procedure is used to create a color-coded 3D model depicting the health of the patient’s coronary (heart) arteries. Red on the model indicates more artery blockage, and blue indicates a healthier artery. The procedure is non-invasive and helps physicians determine if a patient’s heart is receiving the blood flow it needs to function properly.  

“The beauty of HeartFlow’s program is that it helps patients avoid more invasive procedures, like cardiac catheterization,” said Banner Imaging Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mohammad Khan. “Doctors can now use HeartFlow’s data for the same information that would be provided by cardiac catheterization, but in a significantly less invasive manner. This is much more convenient for the patient, as it reduces the risks associated with more invasive procedures and is performed in the comfort of an outpatient setting. It is also more cost-effective than comparable procedures.”  

Dr. Khan adds that patients with a family history of heart disease, chest pain, or suspected heart disease may benefit most from this procedure. 

Currently, HeartFlow is offered at seven Banner Imaging locations including: 

Banner Imaging – Paseo 2 in Glendale   
Banner Imaging – New River Trails  
Banner Imaging – Peoria  
Banner Imaging – Arcadia  
Banner Imaging – Ocotillo 
Banner Imaging – East Mesa  
Banner Imaging – Talking Stick  

“We cannot wait to support our cardiac patients through a more seamless imaging process,” Dr. Khan says.  

HeartFlow is recognized within the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association Chest Pain Guidelines to help guide treatment for patients with heart disease. 

Banner Imaging boasts more than 30 imaging centers that offer a full range of outpatient services, including 10 breast centers in Arizona and Northern Colorado.  

Banner Health is one of the largest, secular nonprofit health care systems in the country. In addition to 33 acute-care hospitals, Banner also operates an academic medicine division, Banner – University Medicine, and Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, a partnership with one of the world’s leading cancer programs, MD Anderson Cancer Center. Banner’s array of services includes a health insurance division, employed physician groups, outpatient surgery centers, urgent care locations, home care and hospice services, retail pharmacies, stand-alone imaging centers, physical therapy and rehabilitation, behavioral health services, a research division and a nursing registry. To make health care easier, 100% of Banner-employed doctors are available for virtual visits and patients may also reserve spots at Banner Urgent Care locations and can book appointments online with many Banner-employed doctors. Headquartered in Arizona, Banner Health also has locations in California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. For more information, visit
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