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Cardiac imaging

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An accurate diagnosis is the first step in creating a treatment plan to get you back to a healthy, active life. Your team begins with cardiac imaging using state-of-the-art equipment to create detailed views of your heart for the most accurate diagnosis possible. These are the types of imaging we do:

Echocardiology

Registered diagnostic cardiac sonographers perform echocardiograms and hand them off to cardiologists who are specially trained to interpret them. Our newest 3-D echocardiography looks at your heart’s pumping capability and gives surgeons never-before-seen views of how the valves are working to help them decide whether to repair or replace a valve.

Our echocardiography department is accredited by The Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories.

Nuclear imaging

We also use nuclear imaging tools to diagnose areas of the heart that are at risk from poor blood flow and blocked arteries. Certified nuclear medicine technologists perform all nuclear studies at Regions Hospital, and all cardiologists who interpret these studies are board-certified in nuclear cardiology.

Because we have the latest technology in nuclear cardiology, we are able to provide faster scans with less radiation and a superior image quality.

Our nuclear cardiology laboratory is accredited according to the standards of the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Laboratories.

Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Another important diagnostic tool, MRI, gives your team highly detailed images of your heart without exposing you to any radiation.

Cardiac computerized tomography (CT)

This scanner can take more than 2,000 highly detailed images of your heart in under 15 seconds. It’s a non-invasive way for our cardiologists to see your heart’s arteries and anatomy. This helps your team plan surgical repairs of certain heart defects and checks the arteries for blockages.