At the University of Vermont (UVM) Medical Center, we use the most advanced cardiac imaging technology available, so we can get you accurate diagnosis quickly. Imaging tests use different types of technologies to obtain detailed images of your heart's structure and function.
Cardiac Imaging: The Right Test for You
Cardiac imaging is a crucial part of diagnosing a possible heart condition. Cardiac imaging tests are noninvasive procedures that allow us to get detailed images of your heart's structure and function.
We provide imaging tests that are:
- Advanced: We have access to the latest imaging equipment, including a sophisticated camera for nuclear cardiology, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and cardiac computed tomography (CT). This advanced equipment often results in more accurate testing and shorter scan times for you.
- Collaborative: Our cardiology and radiology teams work closely together. After your test, your cardiologist will sit down with the radiologist to read and analyze your results. This collaboration ensures that we get you an accurate, careful diagnosis so we can plan your treatment.
- Personalized: Our specialists work with referring doctors and our own expert nurses to ensure that you are getting the best, most effective diagnostic test for you. We aim to reduce unnecessary testing as well as minimize your radiation exposure.
Cardiac Imaging Services We Provide
Learn more about the cardiac imaging services we provide at the University of Vermont (UVM) Medical Center.
Cardiac CT scans provide us with detailed, cross-sectional images of your heart. After your test, several radiologists, who specialize in heart diagnosis, read and interpret your results. We use a multi-detector system, a growing technology that allows us to obtain precise images effectively and efficiently. The fast, accurate test means less radiation exposure for you.
MRI testing uses powerful magnets to capture detailed, high-resolution images of your heart structure. The advantage to an MRI test is that it does not use radiation. Several experienced radiologists and cardiologists will analyze your test results to confirm a diagnosis. Cardiac MRI can help us diagnose:
- Structural abnormalities, including congenital or acquired heart defects
- Inflammatory disorders
- Other structural heart disease
Metabolic Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Imaging
We have the most advanced nuclear imaging available. In fact, we are the only center in Vermont that offers PET nuclear cardiac studies. PET scans allow us to do “metabolic imaging,” which enables us to detect heart abnormalities.
We have the latest nuclear imaging cameras, including the SPECT and PET cameras. One of our cameras allows you to sit while we perform the scan, instead of lying down, which can be beneficial for claustrophobic patients. The PET camera is the most advanced nuclear camera available, with better resolution, shorter scan time and less radiation exposure.