Diagnostic Imaging

Cardiac imaging is revolutionizing the diagnosis and treatment of the most complex and life-threatening heart and vascular disorders. At Houston Methodist, our state-of-the-art equipment enhances the imaging of complex heart and vascular structures, enabling our skilled physicians to make detailed diagnoses and plan treatments with greater precision.
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 advanced method provides physicians with a better view of a patient’s heart function and vascular system.

Houston Methodist offers the latest in diagnostic imaging including some of the most common minimally invasive echocardiography, nuclear cardiology and vascular diagnostics. 

  • Calcium scoring (heart scan) uses a computed tomography (CT) scan to detect the presence and extent of calcium deposits within the walls of the coronary arteries. 
  • Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provides images in real time to display blood vessels and flow around the heart, allowing physicians to see heart damage. 
  • Cardiac computed tomography (CT) and multidetector CT uses the latest 64-slice cardiac CT technology, allowing physicians to visualize heart structures in greater detail. It is an alternative to more invasive procedures, such as catheterization and coronary angiography. 
  • Echocardiography, using transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) technology, is the latest evolution in cardiac real-time 3-D ultrasound imaging. 
  • Nuclear cardiology uses the combined advanced technologies of CT scanning, radioisotope markers and multi-dimensional views of the heart, allowing physicians to assess heart function and the condition of the cardiovascular system. 
  • Stress testing compares the body at rest and when active to determine heart function. 
  • Vascular diagnostics provides for 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.


Houston Methodist’s physicians work together as a multidisciplinary team using their expertise in advanced imaging to diagnose heart and heart valve defects and to determine the most appropriate interventions.