Cardiac Imaging

Cardiovascular imaging allows physicians at GHS to diagnose cardiovascular disease and evaluate cardiovascular anatomy and function noninvasively. GHS cardiovascular imaging physicians have trained at leading institutions and use the newest technologies to diagnose heart disease. We employ the following imaging techniques to diagnose cardiovascular disease and to aid our cardiovascular surgeons and interventional cardiologists during procedures:

Echocardiography

Sound waves are used to visualize the structure and pumping power of the heart. In addition, it analyzes valve function and blood flow in the heart. We use typical ultrasound as well as Doppler and 3-D ultrasound.

Stress Echocardiography

Uses exercise or medications to raise the heart rate to analyze heart function under stress. This study enables our physicians to evaluate the blood flow to the heart as well as heart and valvular function during exercise.

Tran esophageal echocardiography (TEE)

Obtains high-resolution, detailed images of the heart. Our physicians use TEE to evaluate patients for congenital defects, blood clots and tumors in the heart. In addition, we use TEE during cardiac surgery to assist our surgeons in determining the effectiveness of the operation.

Nuclear Imaging Studies

Nuclear imaging studies use low-dose radiation to observe the blood flow to the heart as well as heart pump function.

Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Cardiac MRI)

Considered the gold standard in evaluating heart structure and function. We use cardiac MRI to determine previous heart attack, heart valve disease and tumors involving the heart.

Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography (CTA)

CTA is a noninvasive method to evaluate coronary circulation and great vessel anatomy and to look for coronary artery disease. The technique uses high-resolution, three-dimensional pictures to check for fatty buildup, or plaques, in the arteries supplying the heart.

Coronary Calcium Scoring

A technique used to determine if coronary calcification is present in your coronary arteries. It is a CT scan that captures cross-sectional images of the heart at sub-second rates. This unique CT technology allows the detection of calcium in the coronary arteries which is directly related to the total atherosclerotic plaque buildup and compares it to standards for your age and gender.

Scheduling

To schedule any of the above tests, please call our centralized scheduling at (864) 455-7774. We will be happy to schedule the tests. A physician’s referral is required.