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  • Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging 

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    With cardiovascular imaging, cardiologists are able to see the heart working inside your body.

    These images can show the structure size and shape of the heart in great detail and show how your blood is flowing through your body. These images help your physician properly diagnose your heart condition.


  • Cardiovascular imaging procedures sometimes use  X-rays, gamma rays, powerful magnets and advanced computer software to create detailed pictures and videos of the internal structures of your body including your heart. 

    Some of these scanning techniques may also use a contrast solution, a dye which makes your heart and vessels more clearly visible to the physician on a computer screen. The contrast “lights up” the blood stream like food coloring would change the color of clear water, allowing you to see it moving through a straw. Other tests, such as echocardiography (echo, or cardiac ultrasound), use high-frequency sound waves to visualize the heart muscle, heart valves (doorways between heart rooms or chambers) and blood flow. 

    These procedures are non-invasive and essentially painless, requiring only an IV insertion in some instances. All of these can be performed in a comfortable outpatient setting. 

    In addition to a full range of traditional imaging procedures, the Gill Heart Institute has advanced imaging technologies offered only by a few imaging centers in the country, including 3D echocardiography, tissue Doppler and speckle tracking imaging. Gill also offers newer technologies and methods for looking at how your heart functions. These advanced cardiac imaging modalities include cardiac computed tomography (CT) (essentially a noninvasive heart catheterization) and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) (the only way to actually see a heart muscle scar after a heart attack). 

    We specialize in working with the lowest dose of radiation possible. This is particularly important in the evaluation of our younger and female heart patients. 

  • Cardiac imaging studies

    Cardiac CT 

    Cardiac CT is typically used for:

    • Visualization of “hardening” of the arteries (calcium score)
    • Visualization of coronary arteries
    • Visualization of bypass grafts
    • Evaluation of causes for a weakened heart muscle 
    • Evaluation of causes of chest pain or other chest discomforts
    • Evaluation of congenital heart disease
    • Evaluation of the pericardium (balloon-like coating of the heart muscle)
    • Evaluation of pulmonary vein anatomy prior to  an EP procedure
    • Evaluation of diseases of thoracic aorta
    • Non-diagnostic or indeterminate stress test, echo study or nuclear scan 

    Cardiac MRI 

    Cardiac MRI is typically used for:

    • Most accurate evaluation of heart muscle function
    • Visualization of heart muscle scars
    • Evaluation of causes for a weakened heart muscle
    • Risk stratification for patients with weakened heart muscles (cardiomyopathies)
    • Evaluation of the pericardium (balloon-like coating of the heart muscle)
    • Non-diagnostic or indeterminate stress test, echo study or nuclear scan
    • Evaluation of diseases of thoracic aorta 
    • Evaluation of myocardial blood flow for diagnosis of significant coronary artery disease
    • Pre-operative and post-operative evaluation of congenital heart disease
  • The Gill Heart Institute Adult Echo Lab has been accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission-Echocardiography (ICAEL) continuously since 1999 and all interpreting cardiologists are certified by the National Board of Echocardiography. Our team has 130 combined years of cardiac sonographer experience in Adult Echocardiography. 

    The Adult Echo Lab provides quality diagnostic testing in a private and quiet environment. And has more than 25 years of experience in performing and interpreting stress echoes and transesophageal echoes. Our faculty has played a major role in the research and development, of Doppler, color flow imaging and 3D echo. In fact, the Adult Echo Lab faculty and cardiac sonographers have been leaders in the state for ultrasound imaging- teaching national and regional courses, and providing hands on training to physicians and sonographers in the area. We are committed to providing excellent care and education to the people of Kentucky, now and in the future. 

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