Cardiac imaging subspecialists focus on imaging designed to assess the structure and function of the heart. They are a vital part of the process to catch and treat heart disorders in their earliest stages.
Common cardiac imaging techniques include cardiac MRI, CT coronary angiography, calcium scoring, SPECT, and PET CT. Cardiac MRI is particularly helpful in determining the extent of a heart attack and delineating between irreversible heart damage and heart tissue only at risk of irreversible damage. It can also find cardiac infections such as myocarditis and sarcoidosis, as well as evaluate blood flow, heart function, valve performance, and defects. Because cardiac MRI does not use radiation, it is an ideal tool for evaluating pediatric congenital heart defects.
Other low or non-invasive cardiac imaging procedures include but are not limited to angiography, stent placement, aortic aneurysm repair, and cardiac calcium scoring. These imaging techniques are used to evaluate the anatomy of the heart without an invasive procedure like cardiac catheterization. They also detect diseases including aneurysm, dissection, and stenosis. Cardiac imaging subspecialists work closely with other cardiac specialists like cardiologists and vascular surgeons, along with cardiac imaging nurses and technologists to delivery coordinated, informed, and effective patient care.
Additional Diagnostic Areas of Specialization
- Breast Imaging
- Body Imaging
- General Imaging
- Cardiac Imaging
- Musculoskeletal (MSK) Imaging
- Neurological Imaging
- Nuclear Medicine Imaging
- Pediatric Imaging