Cardiac Imaging Specialists in San Francisco, CA
Cardiac imaging uses non-invasive diagnostic exams to identify heart disease and conditions by providing detailed images of coronary blood vessels.
Specialty-trained radiologists at [name of practice] use the results to identify heart and vascular issues that narrow or block blood flow. These issues can lead to heart attack, stroke, or other heart and vascular disease.
Cardiac Imaging Services We Offer
Cardiac MRI produces high-quality images of the heart without the use of contrast media. This imaging procedure uses a magnetic field and radio waves to generate images of the heart as it is beating, creating moving images of the heart. This is used for analyzing heart function and anatomy and to help determine problems related to perfusion, function, or flow.
Cardiac CTA produces three-dimensional images that are used to evaluate patients for coronary artery disease (CAD). Calcium scoring is available for CAD risk assessment.
CT Angiography (CTA)
CTA is a minimally invasive procedure that uses computed tomography (CT) scan to generate high-resolution images of the inside of a patient’s blood vessels. A contrast material (dye) is injected into the patient. As the dye flows through the blood vessels, the CT scan generates a map of the blood vessels, providing valuable information about the nature and extent of any blockages.
MR Angiography (MRA)
MRA is a noninvasive procedure that uses a magnetic field and radio frequency energy to evaluate blood vessels and help identify abnormalities or plaque. This exam does not use ionizing radiation but may require an injection of contrast material.
MR Venography (MRV)
MRV is a noninvasive medical procedure used to visualize veins. The MRV uses MRI along with special computer software that allows imaging of blood as it flows through the veins. These images help diagnose blood clots, strokes, or other diseases.
Echocardiogram (Echo Test)
An echocardiogram, or echo test, is a safe, noninvasive test that uses ultrasound (sound waves) to evaluate the structures, function, and blood flow to the heart. This test is typically done to look for evidence of heart damage and to determine if there are areas of the heart which have impaired blood supply.
Energy produced by radioactive material allows cardiac imaging and heart specialists to see images of the heart’s structure and function. This procedure helps in the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of diseases, including cancer, heart disease, and other abnormalities.