Advanced & Latest Cardiac Imaging
RWJBarnabas Health offers patients access to some of the most advanced
cardiac imaging technology available. Throughout our health system, we
take pride in utilizing the most effective techniques and latest equipment
to provide comprehensive cardiac care.
64-Slice CT Angiography
The center provides the most advanced non-invasive cardiac and coronary
computed tomographic (CT) angiography with a 64-detector CT scanner, as
well as courses for cardiologists that meet many of the Society of Cardiovascular
Computed Tomography’s requirements for Level I and Level II certification
in this emerging technology. Coronary CT angiography provides early detection
of coronary artery atherosclerotic plaques; is the most sensitive non-invasive
tool for the detection of coronary artery stenosis; and provides an alternative
method to traditional catheterization coronary angiography before valve
surgery. Cardiac CT angiography is an important tool in the evaluation
of complex congenital heart disease and anatomy, pericardial disease,
aortic valve stenosis and cardiac mass or tumor. The technology can significantly
improve pre-operative surgical planning.
The most advanced 1.5 Tesla MRI scanner and software provide sophisticated
images of the heart. Cardiac MRI, with or without contrast, offers unprecedented
clarity of cardiac structure and accurate assessment of cardiac function.
With its 3-dimensional scanning nature, it is the most accurate tool for
the evaluation of LV and RV function. Cardiac MRI allows reliable pre-operative
evaluation of myocardial viability to determine benefit of bypass surgery
or revascularization in patients with severe ischemic LV dysfunction or
ischemic cardiomyopathy. Precise evaluation of LV shape and corresponding
structure and functional segments by cine and contrast MRI is vital for
successful ventricular reduction surgery.
Comprehensive Cardiac Ultrasound Echocardiography
Comprehensive cardiac ultrasound echocardiographyservices include transesophageal
echocardiography (TEE), stress echocardiography, transthoracic echocardiograms,
and cardiac ultrasound. Pre-operative TEE allows accurate delineation
of valve and cardiac structures, facilitating superior surgical planning.
Intra- and post-operative TEE are effective in monitoring surgical results
and allow for immediate correction of residual lesion in the operative
room if necessary.