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Cardiac Imaging Dayton, OH

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.

Cardiac Imaging What to Expect


 An echocardiogram, also referred to as an echo, is a test that uses sound waves to create live imaging of your heart. An echocardiogram is essentially a diagnostic cardiac ultrasound.

Using sound waves, an echocardiogram displays pictures of the heart chamber, valves walls, and blood vessels attached to the heart. An echocardiogram is typically performed in one office visit and takes approximately an hour.

Why is an echocardiogram performed?

An echocardiogram test measures how well your heart function and the overall structure of your health. An echocardiogram helps your doctor:

  • Check the size, thickness, and movement of the heart.
  • Measure the pumping efficiency of the heart
  • Determine if the heart valves and chambers are working properly
  • Identify any abnormal growths near or in the heart (i.e. tumors, holes, blood clots, or masses)
  • Identify issues with the blood vessels around or in the heart

What To Expect

An echocardiogram is performed by a highly trained technician. Your technician places small electrodes on your chest which are is connected to the electrocardiograph machine. Your technician will apply gel to your chest and gently pass a probe across your chest.

The probe produces sound waves that produce pictures and videos of the heart in its current form. Once completed, your physician will interpret the reading and determine if further testing or treatment is needed.