Cardiovascular Imaging Center

Ongoing research, innovative imaging equipment and cardiovascular expertise pinpoint existing or potential problems. Precise diagnostic techniques combined with cardiovascular expertise help to pinpoint existing or potential problems faster and more accurately.

Ultimately, patients benefit from the latest clinical trials in which our cardiovascular imaging specialists participate on an ongoing basis. This research is conducted for the continuous improvement of cardiovascular imaging equipment and techniques.

We offer a comprehensive range of non-invasive diagnostic imaging at both our main campus and our outpatient health centers, providing convenient and comfortable patient care.

Multi-modality (“conventional”) imaging including two-dimensional echocardiograms, electrocardiograms, and stress testing are provided at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, and also at outpatient health centers University Chagrin Highlands Health Center, University Hospitals Euclid Health Center, University Hospitals Mentor Health Center and University Hospitals Westlake Health Center. “High-tech” studies such as CT scans, MRIs and nuclear medicine are performed at UH Cleveland Medical Center and UH Chagrin Highlands Health Center.

Robert Gilkeson, MD, disusses the latest developments in diagnostic testing.

Our diagnostic services include:

  • CT scan: computed tomography (CT) an imaging method that uses x-rays to create cross-sectional pictures of the body. The two types that we primarily employ are:
    • Multi-slice CT imaging; and
    • Non-invasive coronary artery and cardiac function tests.
  • MRI: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive way to take pictures of the body. Unlike x-rays and computed tomographic (CT) scans which use radiation, MRI uses powerful magnets and radio waves. We use MRI to assess myocardial (heart muscle) function and viability/perfusion.
  • Nuclear ventriculography: a test that uses radioactive materials called tracers to make heart chambers and blood vessels visible. The procedure is non-invasive, so the heart structures are not touched by instruments. We use nuclear ventriculography in stress testing to assess myocardial (heart muscle) function and viability/perfusion.
  • Echocardiogram: a test that uses sound waves to create a moving picture of the heart. The picture is much more detailed than an X-ray image and involves no radiation exposure. We use nuclear echocardiography in stress testing to assess myocardial (heart muscle) function and viability/perfusion.
  • Non-invasive vascular: diagnostic studies which utilize ultrasonic Doppler and physiologic principles to assess irregularities in blood flow in arterial and venous systems in the upper and lower extremities. The display may be a two-dimensional image with spectral analysis and color flow or a plethysmographic recording that allows for quantitative analysis.
  • Assessment of peripheral vascular disease, heart function, heart failure, heart valve function, detecting cardiac ischemia and atherosclerosis.
  • Optimizing non-invasive imaging for pre-op valve assessment, and assessing myocardial viability.

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UH Cleveland Medical Center is first in the country to use Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) after FDA approval. Learn more about OCT at UH Cleveland Medical Center’s Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute and what it could mean for you.

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