Non-Invasive Cardiac Testing
Our expert team members include technologists, sonographers, physicians and nurse practitioners. Our non-invasive cardiac tests can be used can be used to identify and diagnose causes of heart disease and include:
CARDIAC MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING
Using powerful magnetic fields, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) produces images of the heart structure and anatomy that are unique for diagnosis and evaluation of a variety of heart conditions, including arrhythmias such as ventricular tachycardia, and structural heart diseases including hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and imaging of myocardial infarction.
CORONARY ARTERY CALCIUM SCORING PROGRAM
Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring is a test is designed to detect coronary artery disease (CAD) early and prevent heart attacks. Images of your coronary arteries are taken using a CT scanner. Those images are then compared to national data to give you an accurate evaluation of your heart health. Our program is accredited by the Society for Heart Attack Prevention and Eradication (SHAPE), and uses data from National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute MESA (Multiethnic Study of Atherosclerosis) database to give you an accurate assessment of your risk of coronary artery disease.
An echocardiogram uses sound waves to produce images of your heart. This test allows your doctor to see how your heart is beating and pumping blood.
An electrocardiogram (ECG) is a test in which electrodes on the chest are used to monitor and record the electrical activity of the heart.
EXERCISE STRESS TEST (GXT)
An exercise stress test, sometimes called a treadmill test, helps your doctor find out how well your heart functions while exercising. As your body works harder during the test, it requires more oxygen, so the heart must pump more blood. The test can show if the blood supply is adequate in the arteries that supply blood to the heart.
Exercise Stress Echocardiogram: Before and after the treadmill test, echocardiogram pictures are taken to allow your doctors to compare the motion of the heart at during exercise to the heart at rest.
24-hour holter monitors are battery-operated ECG devices, which monitor and record the heart's electrical activity for 24 hours.
Stress tests are a noninvasive test used to evaluate the flow of blood to your heart muscle. The test can identify areas of the heart muscle that are not receiving enough blood, as well as the areas of heart muscle that are scarred from a previous heart attack.
Stress tests can also examine how well the heart is pumping blood. Some patients may need an additional level of testing using an imaging agent. These tests are often called nuclear cardiology tests.
Nuclear cardiology testing helps identify patients at increased risk for a heart attack and those who may be candidates for procedures such as coronary angiography, angioplasty and heart surgery.
DOBUTAMINE STRESS TEST WITH ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY IMAGING OR NUCLEAR IMAGING
For those unable to walk on a treadmill, a medication called dobutamine is used to facilitate cardiac testing by chemically increasing the heart rate. Nuclear imaging uses a radioactive substance that travels through the vessels to highlight areas of decreased or normal blood flow.
LEXISCAN STRESS TEST
Lexiscan is a prescription medication that increases blood flow in the coronary arteries. It is commonly used in a cardiac nuclear stress test. During the test, a special camera takes pictures of the heart, giving your doctor detailed information about blood flow into your heart.
TRANS-ESOPHAGEAL ECHOCARDIOGRAM (TEE)
During a trans-esophageal echocardiogram, high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) are used to take detailed pictures of your heart and the arteries that lead to and from it.
Non-Invasive Vascular Testing
Our vascular lab maintains I-CAVL accreditation. Our team members include registered vascular technologists and vascular surgeons.
ABDOMINAL DUPLEX ULTRASOUND
An abdominal duplex ultrasound is used to detect abnormalities in the abdominal aorta. Your doctor may recommend this test if you have undergone procedures to repair an aneurysm.
ANKLE BRACHIAL INDEX
This test is used to detect reduced blood flow to muscles and tissues in the leg.
ARTERIAL DUPLEX IMAGING
This high-frequency ultrasound test helps your doctors examine the arteries and examine blood flow in the legs.
CAROTID DUPLEX ULTRASOUND
Also known as carotid artery ultrasound, this procedure can detect carotid artery disease, including blood clots, plaque buildup or other blood flow problems. If problems are identified early, our vascular specialists can provide treatment to help prevent stroke.
TREADMILL EXERCISE TESTING
This test uses a treadmill to evaluate ankle-level blood pressure in order to detect peripheral artery disease in patients with leg pain.