Some of our cardiovascular tests and imaging procedures include:
- Cardiac CT: A cardiac CT scan uses X-rays to take many detailed pictures of your heart and its blood vessels. Computers can combine these pictures to create a 3D model of the whole heart.
- Cardiac MRI: A cardiac MRI uses radio waves, magnets and a computer to create detailed pictures of your heart. Cardiac MRI can provide detailed information on the type and severity of heart disease or help explain re-sults from other imaging tests such as chest X-rays and chest CT scans.
- Carotid Doppler Ultrasound: Carotid ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to create pictures of the inside of your carotid arteries and show how blood is moving through your arteries. Carotid ultrasound is done to detect plaque buildup in one or both of the carotid arteries in the neck and to see whether the buildup is narrowing your carotid arteries and blocking blood flow to the brain.
- Echocardiogram: An echocardiogram uses high frequency sound waves to make pictures of your heart. The test is also called echocardiography or diagnostic cardiac ultrasound.
- HeartScore64 Calcium Score Screenings: Your calcium score is a measure of the calcium buildup in your heart, as well as your risk of heart disease. HeartScore64™ is a painless, non-invasive CT scan at Olathe Medical Center that determines your calcium score within minutes. See details at http://www.olathehealth.org/CourseCatalog/Screenings/HeartScore64event/HeartScore64#.WHUEH7HMxE4.
- Holter Monitoring: Also called ambulatory electrocardiography, ambula-tory ECG or ambulatory EKG, a Holter monitor is a battery-operated, portable device a patient wears to record the heart’s electrical activity continuously, usually for a period of 24 to 48 hours. Doctors may ask a patient to wear the Holter monitor in an effort to identify any irregular heart rhythms that may occur during activity or rest.
- Nuclear Stress Test: A nuclear stress test measures blood flow to your heart at rest and while your heart is working harder as a result of exertion or medication. The test provides images that can show areas of low blood flow through the heart and damaged heart muscle.
- PET/CT Imaging: PET/CT myocardial perfusion scan images blood flow to the heart muscle at rest and stress. It can detect coronary artery dis-ease by demonstrating decreased blood flow, assess the effectiveness of cardiac treatment and distinguish damaged heart muscle from scarring. This test can be particularly helpful in patients who are heavy, or have a large amount of breast or chest wall tissue, breast implants, or fluid sur-rounding the heart or lungs.