Diagnostic Tests & Procedures

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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Office appointment with a cardiologist or vascular surgeon
216-844-3800 or
1-866-UH4-CARE (1-866-844-2273)

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