Our Cardiothoracic Imaging Division serves our patients with a full range of diagnostic examinations to evaluate diseases that affect the heart and lungs using the most advanced technologies.
Cardiothoracic Imaging Services Available
- CT scan of the Chest: It is a procedure using advanced technology to image the chest with never-before-seen clarity to make accurate diagnoses of the lungs, airways, esophagus, aorta, pulmonary arteries, and heart. The frequently diagnosed diseases include pneumonia, lung nodules, cancers, pulmonary embolism, aneurysms, and coronary artery disease.
- Lung cancer screening CT: It is a procedure using a low radiation dose CT scan to detect lung cancer in high-risk patients (55 to 80-year-old with current or prior heavy smoking) without cancer symptoms.
- High-resolution CT chest (HRCT): It is a procedure to show an exquisitely detailed assessment of the lungs and airway to diagnose lung fibrosis, sarcoidosis, pneumoconiosis, subtle viral infections, and occupational diseases, including asbestos exposure-related lung fibrosis.
- CT angiography: It is an essential imaging method for diagnosing pulmonary embolism quickly and efficiently. It is also helpful in detecting abnormalities of the aorta, such as an aneurysm or tear.
- Cardiac CT: Thomas Jefferson's advanced cardiac imaging group provides cardiac imaging with modern 256-slice CT scanners. Recent advances in CT have made cardiac CT a critical tool to evaluate coronary artery disease.
- Coronary calcium score CT: It is a procedure to accurately measure the amount of calcium buildup in the coronary arteries.
- TAVR CT: It is a procedure to clearly show the anatomy of the aortic valve stenosis and help to select the appropriate size metal valve to relieve the valve stenosis.
- Cardiac MRI: Cardiac MRI produces detailed images of the heart to examine the heart muscle health and the chambers' function. MRI is helpful for patients with heart attacks, heart inflammation, amyloidosis, cardiac sarcoid, heart defects, and aortic disease.
Cardiothoracic Imaging Research & Education
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