Cardiac imaging is used to screen for and diagnose heart disease and defects, including arrhythmias, coronary artery disease, congenital heart defects, heart failure and heart valve disease. Several screening procedures may be used to check for these conditions.
Electrocardiogram (ECG) records the electrical activity of the heart, shows abnormal rhythms and can sometimes detect heart muscle damage.
Echocardiogram (echo) is a noninvasive test that uses ultrasound to evaluate the heart's chambers and valves, as well as its pumping function.
Cardiac Catheterization (coronary angiogram) uses a small catheter to administer dye into the heart. As it travels through the heart, this comprehensive test shows narrowing in the arteries, heart chamber size, how well the heart pumps, and how well the valves open and close, among other things.
Cardiac Computed Tomography (CT) uses an X-ray machine and a computer to create three-dimensional pictures of the heart. Sometimes a dye is injected into a vein so that your heart arteries can be seen as well.
Positron Emission Tomography – Computed Tomography (PET/CT) is a nuclear scan that gives information about the flow of blood through the coronary arteries to the heart muscle. This test may also be used to measure the effects of a heart attack.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses a combination of large magnets, radiofrequencies and a computer to make detailed images of the heart. MRI can evaluate heart valves and major vessels, detect coronary artery disease and the current extent of its damage, evaluate congenital defects, and detect tumors or other abnormalities.
Evan F. Madianos, M.D., is a radiologist and head of cardiac imaging for LifeBridge Health, where he specializes in diagnostic radiology and body imaging.
Dr. Madianos received his medical degree from the Temple University School of Medicine. He completed a transitional internship at the Reading Hospital & Medical Center before finishing first a residency in radiology and then a fellowship in body imaging at the Temple University Hospital. He also completed a fellowship in cardiovascular imaging at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
At LifeBridge Health, we offer cardiac imaging at two locations:
- Northwest Hospital
- Sinai Hospital
Schedule an appointment for cardiac imaging today.