Georgetown Police Cpt. Roland Waits never thought he’d end up at Seton Heart Institute.
He got a heart scan – not out of necessity, but after a slight nudging from a friend.
“He said, 'You know, give it a shot.' I said, 'OK, I think I’m a pretty healthy guy,'” Waits says.
Two weeks later, his doctor gave him the news he didn't expect.
"It was a shock," he says. "[The doctor] was like, 'You could potentially have a heart attack. What are you going to do about this?'”
Waits changed his lifestyle, and a machine that's a more high-tech, quicker version of the CT scan changed his life.
"This one is modified so it can take really clear, crisp pictures of the heart," says cardiologist George Rodgers. “We can actually see plaque that’s forming in the coronaries."
A combination of software and machinery make it happen, unlike the old days when heart scans weren't as picture perfect.
“It has 64 different detectors that are looking at once at the coronaries," Rodgers says.
To get more people heart healthy, Seton is offering an incentive: The scans are not only quick, but they’re also cheap, running about $50.
And as Roland found out, you can’t put a price on your heart. He’s changed what he eats, he exercises, he’s recruited his fellow officers to get fit – and it all started with a scan.
For more on the CT scan and how you can sign up, visit www.setonheart.com.