Cutting Edge Technology: Non Invasive Testing

St. Mary's Imaging Services in the Center for Advanced Medicine houses cutting-edge technology to provide state-of-the-art diagnostic services for patients receiving cardiovascular care. More than 150,000 diagnostic studies and procedures are carried out each year,

offering our patients access to experienced radiologists and technologists, as well as

the most advanced imaging technology available.


St. Mary's offers the area's only 100 percent digital fixed fully functional PET/CT. This advanced equipment combines the most state-of-the-art PET and CT scanner technology to increase

diagnostic confidence and improve patient management with faster scan times and

higher quality images. At St. Mary's, PET images can be superimposed with CT images in a practice known as image fusion or co-registration. These views allow the information from

two different studies to be correlated and interpreted on one image, leading to more

precise information and accurate diagnosis to determine the effects of a heart attack,

heart muscle viability and heart function.

Cardiac MRI

Cardiac MRI provides a non-invasive radiation-free tool to evaluate cardiac shape, size, and blood flow. The test provides a very accurate assessment of the heart's structure and function,

as well as an evaluation of the status of  major blood vessels in the chest. It s able to provide very high-resolution mages and is uniquely capable of clearly dstinguishing between normal and

damaged heart muscle. Digital Echocardiography While Echocardiography or using sound

waves (ultrasound) to examine the heart's anatomy and function has been around

for several years, digital technology has had a major impact on image quality and physician access to images and reports. These images can be easily compared to prior studies, be digitally enhanced and measurements taken, and the report is created and stored online with the study.

Cardiac CT Angiography Cardiac CT angiography (CCTA) is an examination that uses X-rays to visualize blood flow in coronary arteries. It combines the use of X-rays with computerized

analysis of the images. Beams of X-rays are passed from a rotating device through the area of interest in the patient's body from several different angles so as to create cross-sectional images, which then are assembled by computer into a three-dimensional picture of the coronary