The Division of Cardiothoracic Imaging provides a full range of diagnostic examinations that are used for the diagnosis and assessment of patients who may have or are known to have coronary artery disease. Jefferson offers the most advanced technologies for the diagnosis of these types of diseases.
Cardiothoracic Imaging Services Available
- Advanced cardiac imaging — The advanced cardiac imaging group at Jefferson provides cardiac imaging with both CT and MRI. Advances in CT have made it an important tool to evaluate cardiovascular disease. Coronary CT angiography (cCTA) with 64-slice scanners allow us to take an image of the heart quickly and efficiently.
- Cardiac MRI — Cardiac MRI examinations produce detailed images of the heart so that physicians can closely examine the viability of the heart muscle and function of the chambers. MRIs are useful for patients who have a history of heart attacks or strokes, congenital heart or aortic disease.
- CT angiography — CT angiography is the primary imaging method for detecting abnormalities of thoracic aorta like dissection, aneurysm or coarctation. It is also becoming a primary imaging method for detecting pulmonary embolism in patients with chest pain.
- CT-guided lung biopsies — CT-guided lung biopsies are scheduled in association with the Abdominal Imaging Division and the Interventional Radiology Division. It is a pain-free procedure where fine needle are passed into the lung lesions under local anesthesia and CT guidance and cells are aspirated for cytological analysis. The aspirated sample can also be submitted for microbiology for culture and sensitivity to find infection.
Cardiothoracic Imaging Research and Education
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