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Cardiac Imaging

Cardiac Imaging

Heart disease is the number-one cause of death in the United States. Advances in imaging modalities now allow specialists to detect heart disease in its earliest, most treatable stages and represent an innovation in medical care. Advanced Medical Imaging Consultants (AMIC) offers comprehensive cardiac imaging capabilities, including coronary calcium scoring with CT, coronary CTA, noncoronary CTA, cardiac MRI, MRA, vascular ultrasound with Doppler technology, and nuclear cardiology.

At AMIC, our team includes board-certified radiologists with subspecialty fellowship training in cardiovascular and interventional radiology, angiography, and body imaging. We are committed to providing you with the best care possible for your patients. Our sole objective is to promote optimal health, and we understand that achieving this means doing all we can to enhance the quality of healthcare in and around the communities we serve. Simply put, our goal is to help your patients conveniently obtain the most appropriate diagnostic exam for their specific cardiac health needs.

comprehensive cardiac imaging capabilities.

AMIC performs today’s most advanced cardiac and vascular imaging studies at leading area hospitals in and around Northern Colorado, Southern Wyoming, and Southwest Nebraska, including:

Coronary Calcium Scoring with CT — During this simple noninvasive exam, the patient’s heart rate is monitored while the CT scanner acquires rapid images of the heart. The CT scans will show whether or not there is any calcification in the coronary arteries (the arteries that supply the heart muscle with blood). The presence of calcium in the coronary arteries is a reliable indicator of coronary artery disease, which, if untreated, can progress to artery blockage and possibly a heart attack. The data is analyzed by our radiologists with an individual patient comparison to people of the same gender and age group. The coronary artery calcium score is reliable predictor of future heart attack risk and can be a powerful motivator of health and lifestyle change for patients. AMIC was the first in the area to offer coronary calcium scoring with CT.

Coronary CTA — This revolutionary diagnostic test combines the power of multislice CT scanning along with advanced computer processing to noninvasively visualize narrowed segments or complete blockages within the coronary arteries. AMIC was the first in the area to offer coronary CTA, and our fellowship-trained cardiac imagers utilize 64-slice CT technology to offer the highest-quality imaging available.

Noncoronary CTA — CTA offers benefits in terms of diagnosing and treating arterial vascular disease throughout the body. CTA is commonly used to identify atherosclerotic disease, aneurysms, or dissection in the aorta. CTA is also used to detect narrowings or obstruction of the renal arteries, carotid arteries, and major arteries of the lower extremities. When a stent has been placed to restore blood flow in a diseased artery, CTA will show whether it is serving its purpose. Because CTA involves only injection of contrast into a peripheral IV, CTA is less invasive than traditional catheter angiography.

Cardiac MRI — Because of its ability to see soft tissue in great detail, MRI is becoming particularly important in the diagnosis of heart diseases. With MRI, our radiologists can examine the size and thickness of the chambers of the heart, determine the severity of valvular disease, and determine the extent of damage caused by a heart attack. MRI offers advantages without the risks associated with traditional, more invasive procedures or those that expose the patient to radiation or the introduction of radioisotopes to the body. AMIC was the first in the area to offer sophisticated cardiac MRI.

Vascular MRA — MR angiography now has an important place in the detection and diagnosis of peripheral vascular disease, aortic aneurysm, congenital heart disorders, stroke, and renal artery stenosis. Some of the more common applications include using MRA to screen patients with a family history of intracranial aneurysm or carotid artery disease. MRA is now not only capable of creating images that meet the high diagnostic and therapeutic standards of conventional angiography but has a range of other benefits as well. MRA can spare disease-free patients from having to undergo an invasive catheter study. Also, MRA studies do not utilize the iodine-based contrast material required in catheter angiography. When MRI contrast material is required for dynamic imaging of the vascular system, the risk of an allergic reaction is extremely low.

Vascular Ultrasound with Doppler Technology — Due to its ability to produce real-time images of both arterial and venous blood flow, ultrasound is often the modality of choice for a variety of cardiovascular conditions. It provides a noninvasive means of identifying blockages within a variety of vessels, and our radiologists are experienced in the detection of abnormalities within arteries to the brain, abdomen and pelvis, and extremities.  Ultrasound is also valuable in the diagnosis of deep vein thrombosis, or blood clots of the lower extremities, a condition that can be potentially life-threatening.  Cardiovascular ultrasound imaging can be instrumental in treatment planning as well, often identifying patients most appropriate for angioplasty or surgical bypass procedures when significant atherosclerosis exists.

Nuclear Cardiology — Despite advances in CT and MRI technology, nuclear medicine continues to be one of the most utilized modalities to determine the presence of coronary artery disease and overall heart function. After injecting a radioisotope into the bloodstream, images of the heart are obtained to determine the presence of potentially dangerous blockages within the coronary arteries.

Your partner in patient management.

These medical imaging modalities can be utilized in conjunction to create the most comprehensive cardiovascular imaging service available today, ensuring early diagnoses for your patients. When you need diagnostic or treatment assistance for your cardiovascular patients, look to AMIC. We will provide you with the results of your patients’ exams promptly, usually within one workday or less, and urgent findings will be sent or called in immediately. For more information on AMIC’s cardiac imaging capabilities or if you wish to refer a patient, please call us today. We appreciate your referrals.

 

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