Cardiac Imaging Services
Heart Hospital of Lafayette (HHL) provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient diagnostic services. Centrally located on the first floor of the hospital, the cardiac imaging department offers flexible and extended hours for outpatient scheduling, as well as timely and prompt delivery of results to your physician. Our professional and courteous staff guides you step-by-step through the imaging process, making your visit as pleasant as possible.
Diagnostic services provided include:
Computed Tomography (CT or CAT Scan)
A computed tomography (CT) scan is a diagnostic test that uses specialized x-rays to take images of vital organs, tissues, and vessels in the body. In some instances, iodinated oral and/or IV contrast can be given to enhance the visualization of these structures.
Computed Tomography (CT) Angiography (CTA)
Similar to a CT scan with intravenous (IV) contrast, computed tomography angiography converts images into a 3-dimensional replica of the organs and vessels that can be scanned to evaluate for any problems in structure and/or function.
Coronary Computed Tomograpy (CT) Angiography
Coronary computed tomography (CT) angiography is 3-dimensional imagery used to evaluate the structure and function of the heart, the coronary arteries, and the great vessels that lead to and from the heart. The 3-dimensional images help your physician detect abnormal calcium buildup in the coronary arteries, see any narrowing of arteries or view possible congenital defects that could cause a heart attack.
HeartSaver Computed Tomography (CT)
A very simple, non-invasive scan that provides sharp, clear images of your coronary arteries. A HeartSaver computed tomography (CT) can detect abnormal calcium buildup in the coronary arteries, which may indicate increased risk for heart attack. Early detection of heart disease is critical to heart attack prevention.
An ultrasound sends sound waves through an area of the body being studied to create images of internal body structures. These images allow for the visualization of abnormalities such as cysts, fluid build up or infection.
Vascular (Vein and Artery) Ultrasonography
The vascular ultrasonography use ultrasound to look at the condition of certain arteries or veins in your body. The images provide your doctor with detailed information about the flow of blood from the vessels to your vital organs and appendages.
Lower Extremity Peripheral Arterial Testing and Ankle-Brachial Index
Lower extremity peripheral arterial testing provides your doctor with information about the condition of the arteries in your legs. Testing is performed when your doctor suspects that your symptoms might be caused by plaque (fatty buildup) in these arteries known as peripheral artery disease (PAD).
Also known as an "echo," the echocardiography uses ultrasound to create images of the heart, indicating how well the chambers of your heart function and pump blood out to the rest of the body.
Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)
The transesophageal echocardiogram uses ultrasound waves to look at your heart from inside your chest by inserting a small, flexible tube (or probe) in the esophagus. This test allows your doctor to view the structures of the heart in a more comprehensive manner than a traditional transthoracic (through the chest wall) approach. As this test is more invasive, patients are usually given medication to relax and sleep during the procedure.
Exercise Stress Test
The exercise stress test uses an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) to record your heart's electrical activity while walking on a treadmill. An EKG helps evaluate chest pain and how your heart is functioning.
Nuclear medicine utilizes radiopharmaceuticals to highlight certain organ systems in the body in order to show structure, function or disease processes. While the radiopharmaceutical isotopes are radioactive, the radiation that a patient receives is minimal and diagnostically acceptable.
Myocardial Perfusion Test / Nuclear Stress Test
This nuclear medicine test allows your doctor to see how your heart muscle works at rest and under stress—created either through exercise on a treadmill or with drugs that increase the heart rate or alter the flow of blood through the coronary arteries.
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