Intermountain Heart Institute offers the latest in imaging and diagnostic technology in order to provide a rapid and accurate diagnosis for patients who may have heart disease. We provide an experienced, high-volume diagnostic and imaging service that works closely with various specialists and surgeons to diagnose patients in all stages of heart disease. Diagnostic tests and procedures include:
- Calcium Score
A coronary artery calcium score is a special CT scan that uses a very low radiation dose (similar to a mammogram, and ten times less than a standard CT scan) to detect calcium deposits in the coronary arteries. The presence of calcium indicates underlying heart disease or atherosclerosis
- Cardiac CT
A cardiac CT scan (also called coronary CT angiogram, or CTA) uses CT technology and intravenous contrast material to create very detailed images of the heart and its blood vessels.
- Cardiac MRI
Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (Cardiac MRI) is an MRI for your heart. It uses powerful magnets to create pictures of the heart and coronary arteries.
An echocardiogram ("echo" for short) is a cardiac ultrasound. In cardiac care, ultrasound helps assess the condition of your heart by translating sound waves into images on a monitor.
- EKG (Electrocardiogram)
An electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) records the electrical activity of your heart. An EKG provides information about your heart's rate and rhythm. It also diagnoses ischemia (lack of oxygen to the heart muscle), heart attacks, and a variety of other heart conditions.
- Nuclear Cardiology and Heart Perfusion Imaging
Nuclear cardiology and heart perfusion imaging tests measure the pattern of blood flow to the heart muscle. The resulting picture, called a nuclear scan, helps healthcare providers assess blood flow to your heart muscle, detect heart damage, and assess heart function.
- Stress Testing
A stress test is technique that involves stressing the heart and monitoring the heart's reaction. A stress test helps evaluate the heart's capacity for work. The test can use exercise, medication, or both to induce stress, and can use electrocardiography, echocardiography, and/or nuclear imaging to monitor and assess the heart.