Cardiac Imaging An Overview
Cardiac imaging refers to non-invasive imaging of the heart using one or many forms of imaging technology. At Buckeye Heart & Vascular Institute we offer a complete range of diagnostic cardiac imagining services. Buckeye Heart & Vascular Institute is home to experienced, highly trained physicians who are committed to providing advanced diagnostic testing to diagnose and address various cardiac conditions.
Our physicians may perform one or a series of non-invasive imaging tests to determine the underlying causes of your symptoms. We may use ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography, or nuclear medicine imaging. Diagnostic cardiac testing also allows your physician to develop the most appropriate treatment plan to address your cardiac condition.
What is a cardiac imaging test?
A cardiac imaging test is a non-invasive procedure to discover issues with internal systems such as the heart and veins. It can accurately provide your physician with the information we need to provide an accurate diagnosis and recommend needed treatments.
Is a cardiac MRI better than an echocardiogram?
There are some differences between the two. A cardiac MRI can provide a more clear and detailed picture of cardiovascular structures compare to echocardiography. Although, you may not need a cardiac MRI in some situations where an echocardiogram may suffice.
What is the difference between cardiac magnetic imaging and a traditional MRI?
The main difference is that a traditional MRI uses X-ray technology to capture an accurate image of internal organs. Cardiac magnetic imaging is free of radiation but still provides an accurate image.
How accurate is a cardiac MRI?
A cardiac MRI is currently the most accurate procedure for imaging the heart. It provides excellent image resolution and tissue contrast. CMR is safe, non-invasive, and does not expose you to radiation.
How long does it take to do an MRI of the heart?
Timing can vary due to the type of imaging procedure used and what is being investigated, but it is commonly conducted within an hours’ time.