Today, exams in cardiac imaging are more and more sophisticated, allowing for better diagnosis and helping to understand the condition of the patient.
Cardiac imaging uses many investigative techniques such as simple chest X-ray, coronary angiograph, echocardiography, etc.
Thanks to the technology of cardiac imaging, we can acquire images required for reliable and rapid diagnosis.
With decreased acquisition time combined with improved quality, cardiac imaging is increasingly used both in early screening and to facilitate precise evaluation of the structures and functions of the heart and valves.
Some of the services offered at RadiMed are:
- Coronary calcium scoring
- CT coronary angiogram.
Cardiac Ultrasound or Cardiac Doppler Ultrasound
Cardiac Ultrasound is a medical imaging examination that allows the study of the anatomy and functioning of the heart with the help of ultrasound. This is the basic examination to view the various cardiac structures (heart muscle, valves, heart chambers, pericardium and great vessels).
Echocardiography is associated with the cardiac Doppler that allows the analysis of blood flow within the heart as well as the blood flow in the large vessels (aorta, vena cava, arteries and pulmonary veins).
Cardiac Ultrasound is done by a specialized technologist. The examination is then analyzed by a cardiologist. This examination is non-invasive and painless.
- Evaluation of the heart muscle function as well as the size and volume of the heart chambers
- Evaluation of various valves looking for leaks or narrowing
- Evaluation of the pericardium (lining of the heart)
- Monitoring of valve prostheses
- Evaluation of congenital heart defects in adults
- Evaluation of the repercussion on the heart of various systemic diseases (lupus, scleroderma, hypothyroidism, sarcoidosis, neoplasia…)
The patient lies on the left side and then on the back on the examination table. The technologist applies a gel on the chest then moves the probe across the surface. The probe emits sound waves thereby allowing moving images to be obtained in real time. These images are broadcast on a screen and then subsequently analyzed by the cardiologist.
None. You absolutely must have the physician’s order on hand at the time of the appointment. Without this order, we cannot do the ultrasound.
by the RAMQ