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Cardiovascular Imaging

At Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital - Dallas Advanced Imaging Department, trained, certified professionals including computed tomography (CT) specialists, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) specialists, radiology imaging (RT) specialists, and cardiac nurses work together as a team, using technologically advanced tools and equipment to assist in patient diagnosis and treatment.

Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular - Dallas holds the Gold Seal of Accreditation awarded by the American College of Radiology (ACR) for imaging services quality and patient safety in computed tomography. Accreditation acknowledges that imaging services have proven to exceed equipment standards, clinical and operational personnel qualifications, and stringent quality control guidelines.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) / Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA)

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive test using a magnetic field, radiofrequency pulses and a computer to produce detailed pictures of the soft tissues in the body. Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) uses this same technology to produce images of the blood vessels to help identify atherosclerotic disease. Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular – Dallas’ 1.5 Tesla Magnetic Resonance Imager brings a full complement of cardiac and vascular imaging capability.

Patients with cardiac implantable devices including pacemakers and/or defibrillators now have the options of receiving an MRI. Previously, an MRI for patients with older devices was not recommended. Current advanced implantable devices have been manufactured to be compatible with the imaging technology.

Computed Tomography (CT)

Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular - Dallas has a dual-source, 384-slice CT scanner which extends advanced imaging services to all patients, including complex patients. Physicians on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular - Dallas can obtain images of the body that freeze motion without asking patients to hold their breath, saving time and expediting decisions regarding next steps.

This scan can be used to identify patients who have blockages in their heart, without catheters being put inside the body. Combined with fractional flow reserve-computed tomography (FFRCT), a CT allows for functional assessment of the blood flowing past blockages in the heart arteries.

Noninvasive Coronary Artery Test

Plaque buildup in the heart can cause an artery to narrow and become blocked. A CT angiography will be used to determine the location of the blockage. In some cases, more information is needed.

Fractional flow reserve-computed tomography (FFRCT) is an advanced, non-invasive test that determines how blockages affect blood flow to the heart. This test does not require another appointment and there is no additional risk. A computerized 3-dimensional model of your coronary arteries is analyzed by a trained specialist to determine how limited blood flow is to the heart. The information then helps the patient and their physician determine a treatment plan.

Talk to your doctor to learn more about FFRCT.

Cardiac Calcium Scoring

Cardiac calcium score scans are non-invasive tests used to check for the buildup of cholesterol and calcified plaque on the walls of the arteries in the heart. These tests can detect heart disease before any symptoms occur.

Calcium scoring is done by performing a CT scan of the chest, looking at the heart arteries and evaluating them for the presence of coronary calcium. Results can typically be expected between 10 to 30 minutes after beginning the procedure.

Calcium scoring is mostly used for patients at medium risk for coronary artery disease because it can provide more information than physical examination and other tests. Patients who are having heart disease symptoms should not have a calcium score performed.

Minimum requirements for this screening:

  • You are a male between the ages of 40 and 65,
  • Or a female between the ages of 45 and 70,

Self-referred screening candidates must have one of the following risk factors:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Current Smoker
  • Family history of heart disease
  • LDL cholesterol level of greater than 160
  • Blood pressure greater than 140/90

For more information on our advanced imaging services or to make an appointment for a calcium score screening at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular – Dallas, please call 214.820.0128.


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