Advances in cardiovascular imaging have dramatically reduced the impact to the body. In some cases, imaging has replaced more invasive tests such as cardiac catheterization and coronary angiography. This method provides physicians with a better view of a patient’s heart function and vascular system.
Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital offers the latest in diagnostic imaging including some of the most common minimally invasive echocardiography, nuclear cardiology and vascular diagnostics.
Echocardiography is similar to ultrasound technology. Echocardiography helps physicians identify conditions such as valvular disease, pulmonary hypertension, atherosclerosis and congestive heart failure. The procedure can also detect cardiac tumors, congenital defects and other cardiovascular disorders.
Real–time echocardiography combines two–dimensional and Doppler techniques in order to evaluate heart function and blood flow through the vessels.
The advanced technologies of CT scanning, radioisotope markers and multi-dimensional views of the heart combine to create nuclear cardiology. This technology allows physicians to assess heart function and the condition of the cardiovascular system.
Vascular diagnostics is the specialized imaging of vascular disorders such as aneurysms, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and chronic venous insufficiency. This specialized imaging enables physicians to view the smallest details in blood flow and function of the vascular system.