The imaging technology that will be developed by Oxford University Spin-off Caristo will help scientist predict heart attacks potentially years before they occur. The technology will be based on the research from the University that shows that fat tissue around coronary arteries can show the presence of inflammation and pairing it with tests that can accurately measure the threat of heart attacks, even before they happen. 
The tests developed by the team can be implemented within a routine heart exam (the Cardiac Computed Tomography Angiography or CCTA). This exam is a regularly used, non-invasive test, meaning that the proposed measure—called the Fat Attenuation Index or FAI—can be implemented without additional tests or discomfort to the patient. 
The hope is that with the development of the technology, hospitals will be able to implement the tool without any changes to the current structure. In addition, the tool can be used as a guide during treatments and prevention of heart diseases.  The potential impacts of this test could be huge as it is currently estimated that cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide .