The Heart Unit at Clemenceau Medical Center Hosptial Dubai is equipped with the latest cardiovascular imaging technology.
Cardiovascular imaging is a branch of diagnostic radiology where a cardiac radiologist oversees or performs medical imaging procedures to identify heart disorders such as heart disease, leaky heart valves, and problems in the size and structure of the heart.
Imaging methods in cardiovascular imaging include X-rays, ultrasound (echocardiograms), CT scans, and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) as used by a cardiac radiologist.
The tests are utilized in monitoring the patient’s heart, screening for heart illness, identifying the source of the patient’s symptoms, and seeing if the patient’s medication is working.
Prior to the procedure, the healthcare provider will provide the patient with certain instructions for specific tests. The instructions include the following:
The patient should share the following detailed information with the doctor as well:
Cardiac imaging is performed with the goal of:
This is classified as a special X-ray test that is performed during cardiac catheterization. The physician inserts a catheter into an artery in the patient’s wrist or groin and guides it up to the heart through which a dye injection will be administered into the blood. The test aids in locating blocked arteries.
This procedure uses high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to produce images and videos of the patient’s heart chambers, valves, walls, and blood vessels. It aids in measuring the heart’s pumping action and the severity of heart failure.
Cardiac CT Scan (Cardiac computed tomography)
Multiple X-rays are combined by a computer during a heart CT scan. As a result, a variety of distinct, finely detailed images that may either be read directly or assembled to generate three-dimensional views of the heart and its surroundings from various angles are produced.
The procedure uses radio waves and magnets to scan the patient’s heart instead of radiation. Images produced by an MRI are incredibly detailed. It may depict the heart’s many components and how effectively they’re functioning.
Nuclear cardiac stress test
In this procedure, a radioactive material known as a tracer is used to display the flow of blood to and from the patient’s heart.
Cardiac PET scan
This is another nuclear imaging test. The test uses a radioactive tracer that the patient’s sickened heart absorbs. The tracer’s absorption site can be determined using the PET camera. The procedure typically focuses on the metabolic function of the heart tissues.
Cardiac SPECT scan
This is a nuclear imaging test. It is used to show blood flow and metabolic activity in the heart tissues.
A MUGA scan analyzes how well the patient’s heart’s lower chambers (ventricle) are working. It is also called radionuclide ventriculography.
Based on extensive research, cardiovascular imaging is considered fairly safe since the techniques are minimally invasive or non-invasive. However, the dye used in various cardiac imaging examinations may occasionally cause allergic reactions in some individuals.