Heart and Vascular Imaging Procedures
Mission Hospital offers the latest imaging technology for heart and vascular
scan that enables physicians to provide even more accurate diagnoses.
Coronary CT Angiography (CTA)
This procedure uses a CT scanner to visualize blood flow in the coronary
arteries and the latest computer software to manipulate the data into
three-dimensional images. CTA is used to identify weakened sections of
coronary arteries or veins to visualize blood flow in your heart. The
procedure provides your physicians with more precise images of your blood
vessels than either MRI or ultrasound technology.
Cardiac CT for Calcium Scoring
The Calcium Scoring procedure uses a CT scanner to determine the location
and extent of calcium deposits in your arteries. After taking into account
your age, gender and cardiac risk factors, your calcium score is determined.
This score is a strong measure of your risk for coronary artery disease.
Echocardiography is an evaluation of the heart utilizing ultrasound. It
is an easily performed procedure allowing physicians and technicians the
ability to look inside the beating heart. Some examples of measurements
obtained are the chamber sizes, blood flow, muscle movement and valve
Sometimes referred to as a cardiac catheterization, a cardiac catheterization
involves passing a catheter into the heart. This procedure is performed
to evaluate blood flow throughout the heart and heart arteries. Heart
catheterizations are also performed to place stent devices that open up
narrowed arteries increasing blood flow. Other measurements obtained are
chamber pressures and valve conditions.