Using Cardiac Imaging to Diagnose Cardiac Disease

Advanced cardiac imaging is a specialty of cardiology. Using the latest technology, we can accurately detect cardiovascular diseases by viewing the heart and surrounding structures.

Cardiac diagnostic tests we perform include:

  • 2D echocardiography and Doppler. Used to see the motion of heart structures and the flow of the blood through the heart.
  • 3D echocardiography. Shows three-dimensional views of the heart in greater detail than 2D echocardiography.
  • Cardiac strain imaging. Detects deformations and structural heart issues.
  • CT scan. Shows how your heart valves and muscles function, the size of your heart's four chambers and the structures outside the heart (veins, coronary arteries, aorta and aortic arch).
  • CT scan calcium score. Detects calcium build-up in the heart’s arteries.
  • Intravascular ultrasound. Shows the inside of blood vessels to check blood flow.
  • MRI. Shows details of structures within and around the heart, analyzes heart muscle composition, detects evidence of inflammation and scars.
  • PET scan. Shows heart damage or low blood flow in the heart.
  • Pyrophosphate scan (PYP). Detects cardiac amyloidosis, a rare disease that causes protein build-up in the heart muscle.
  • Stress perfusion MRI (SPECT). Shows what blood flow in the heart would look like during exercise by mimicking the stress of physical activity on your heart.
  • Transesophageal echocardiography. Takes ultrasound pictures of your heart by passing a thin tube down your throat.

Treatments We Offer Using Advanced Cardiac Imaging

Cardiac imaging guides our cardiologists and surgeons as they perform complex procedures on the heart. Imaging can help map out the surgery before you enter the operating room and guide the surgeon during the procedure.

Cardiac imaging is used during the following procedures:

  • MitraClip (Percutaneous mitral valve repair)
  • Percutaneous ventricular assist device (PVAD)
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
  • Left Atrial Appendage Occluder/WATCHMAN procedure