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Mercy Hospital among first with new heart scanner

Doctors at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids are trying out a new technology aimed at clearing blockages that restrict blood flow to the heart, the Star Tribune reports. The Ilumien PCI Optimization System relies in part on infrared scanning.
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Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids is a test kitchen for a new technology designed to attack blockages that restrict blood flow to the heart, the Star Tribune reports.

The new Ilumien PCI Optimization System is an infrared heart scanner made by St. Jude Medical Inc.

Coronary artery disease, caused by the buildup of plaque in the arteries to the heart, is the leading cause of death among men and women in the United States, the National Institutes of Health says.

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