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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)

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.

CT Angiography

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 - CT

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 score screenings

Cardiac calcium score scans are non-invasive tests used to check for the buildup of cholesterol and hardened, or calcified, plaque on the walls of the arteries in the heart. These tests can detect heart disease before any symptoms occur as well as determine the severity of any pre-existing heart disease.

 

Patient Requirements - About the test

  • A calcium score screening is a non-invasive heart scan that takes a few minutes. No needles, cutting or medication is involved to perform the test.
  • The scan will show the calcium by using a computerized tomography (CT) scan


Detecting heart disease

  • An x-ray technique that produces images of your internal organs that are more detailed than are those produced by conventional x-ray exams.
  • Use an x-ray generating device that rotates around your body and a very powerful computer to create cross-sectional images, like slices, of the inside of your body.
  • The calcium deposits show up as bright white spots on the scan.


Patient Experience

  • You will lie on the table with a few electrodes attached to your chest.
  • The table will slide into the CT scanner, which creates the images.
  • You may be asked to hold your breath for a few seconds so that the technicians can get clear images of your heart.
  • After a few minutes, you will have a score that helps you estimate your heart attack risk - and help guide treatment.


Patient Experience

  • You will lie on the table with a few electrodes attached to your chest.
  • The table will slide into the CT scanner, which creates the images.
  • You may be asked to hold your breath for a few seconds so that the technicians can get clear images of your heart.
  • After a few minutes, you will have a score that helps you estimate your heart attack risk - and help guide treatment.


Results

  • The higher the score, the more plaque you have in the arteries of your heart. This makes your chance of having a heart attack higher.
  • With this knowledge start treatment to prevent plaque buildup in the future
  • Take steps to lower your chance of getting coronary artery disease: eat well, quit smoking and get more exercise.




Schedule screening

Schedule an appointment for a calcium score screening

214.820.0128
Hours: Monday – Friday
7:00 AM – 5:00 PM


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