Cardiac Imaging

SJRA Imaging Services

Cardiac Imaging Services

New cardiac imaging methods such as Coronary CTA, Cardiac MRI, CT Angiography, MR Angiography, MR Venography and Ultrasound Vascular Doppler are allowing physicians to take a closer look at the heart and blood vessels at little risk to the patient. The following describes several diagnostic tests and procedures that are used to determine if a person has cardiovascular disease as well as the type and the severity of the disease.

Coronary CTA utilizes the latest, revolutionary equipment, the Definition CT Scanner which integrates two X-ray sources and two sets of 64 detectors for the most detailed clinical images available. The Definition is also one of the fastest CT systems on the market. It can capture cardiac images in a few seconds at a fraction of the radiation dosage of cardiac catheterization or stress perfusion imaging.

Cardiac MRI is a test that produces high-quality still and moving pictures of the heart and great vessels. MRI acquires information about the heart as it is beating; creating moving images of the heart throughout its pumping cycle. This is used for analyzing heart function and anatomy. MRI uses large magnets and radio-frequency waves to produce pictures of the body’s internal structures; no x-ray exposure is involved.

An echocardiogram, or echo test is a safe, noninvasive test that uses ultrasound (sound waves) to evaluate the structures, function, and blood flow to the heart. This test is ordinarily done to look for evidence of previous heart muscle damage and to find out if there are areas of the heart muscle which have impaired blood supply.

All of our centers are fully accredited by the American College of Radiology.