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Cardiac imaging refers to two types of imaging tests that help doctors assess how well your heart is functioning in real time. These tests are cardiac CT (computed tomography) and cardiac MRI (magnetic resonance imaging).
Dignity Health Heart and Vascular Institute of Greater Sacramento offers exceptional cardiac imaging to help diagnose and treat heart problems and vascular conditions. If you or a loved one would like to schedule a consultation for advanced cardiac imaging throughout the Sacramento region, Find a Dignity Health Doctor.
If you have heart disease symptoms, your doctor may recommend initial cardiac tests like an EKG and blood tests. If further tests are need, you’ll be referred to a radiologist for advanced cardiac imaging tests like a CT scan or MRI.
These tests help reveal:
Cardiac imaging can help your cardiologist at Dignity Health diagnose the following cardiovascular conditions:
A cardiac imaging test will be performed in one of our state-of-the-art hospitals or outpatient imaging centers. For a CT or MRI, you’ll lie on a table that slides through the imaging machine. You may be given a sedative to help you relax during the test. In some cases, newer model CT and MRI machines are not completely enclosed.
To make sure you feel comfortable before your test, a provider will explain:
Once your imaging exam is complete, you’ll be able to return to normal activities if you haven’t been sedated. If you received something to help you relax, you may need someone to drive you home.
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