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Cardiac Imaging and Diagnostics

At Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, our advanced cardiac diagnostic services are designed to provide accurate assessments and personalized care for patients with cardiovascular conditions. Our team of experienced cardiologists and imaging specialists utilizes state-of-the-art technologies to ensure comprehensive evaluations and effective treatment planning.

Diagnostic Procedures:

  • Coronary CT (Computed Tomography)
  • Cardiovascular Imaging
  • CT or CAT scan

Coronary CT (Computed Tomography)

Coronary CT, also known as computed tomography angiography (CTA), is a non-invasive imaging technique that provides detailed pictures of the coronary arteries and heart structures using advanced CT technology. This procedure allows our cardiologists to assess the presence of coronary artery disease, detect blockages, and evaluate the overall health of the heart and blood vessels. Coronary CT is particularly useful in identifying calcifications, plaque buildup, and narrowing of the arteries, providing essential information for treatment decisions and risk stratification.

Cardiovascular Imaging

X-rays are a form of radiation, like light or radio waves that can be focused into a beam, much like a flashlight beam. Unlike a beam of light, however, X-rays can pass through most objects, including the human body.

When X-rays strike a piece of photographic film, they can produce a picture. Dense tissues in the body, such as bones, block (absorb) many of the X-rays and appear white on an X-ray picture. Less dense tissues, such as muscles and organs, block fewer of the X-rays (more of the X-rays pass through) and appear in shades of gray. X-rays that pass only through air appear black on an X-ray picture.

CT or CAT scan

A computed tomography (CT) scan uses X-rays to make detailed pictures of structures inside of the body.

During the test, you will lie on a table that is hooked to the CT scanner, which is a large doughnut-shaped machine. The CT scanner sends X-ray pulses through the body. Each pulse lasts less than a second and takes a picture of a thin slice of the organ or area being studied. One part of the scanning machine can tilt to take pictures from different positions. The pictures are saved on a computer.

A CT scan can be used to study any body organ, such as the liver, pancreas, intestines, kidneys, adrenal glands, lungs, and heart. It also can study blood vessels, bones, and the spinal cord.

An iodine dye (contrast material) is often used to make structures and organs easier to see on the CT pictures. The dye may be used to check blood flow, find tumors, and look for other problems. The dye can be put in a vein (IV) in your arm, or you may drink the dye for some tests. CT pictures may be taken before and after the dye is used.

At Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, we prioritize precision and accuracy in cardiac diagnostics, leveraging advanced imaging technologies and expert interpretation by our skilled team of cardiologists and imaging specialists. Our commitment to excellence ensures that patients receive thorough evaluations, timely diagnoses, and optimal care plans tailored to their cardiovascular needs.