Cardiac Diagnostic Imaging
Over the last decade we have helped to create major advances in diagnostic imaging of the beating heart using non-invasive approaches. As a result, we are now able to detect heart disease at earlier stages, diagnose it with greater accuracy and more specifically guide a patient’s treatment. With recent advances in technology, it is now possible to image the heart with such great detail and speed that a cardiac diagnosis can be made in seconds without an invasive procedure.
The Cardiac Imaging Program at St. Francis Hospital is regarded as one of the best in the nation. Our superb staff of physicians and cardiac imaging technologists provide services at St Francis Hospital, 2200 Northern Blvd., East Hills, NY and The DeMatteis Center in Greenvale, NY.
We are pleased to announce that St. Francis Hospital Advanced Cardiac Imaging Services are now offered to the residents and patients of Suffolk County at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, West Islip, NY. The following imaging modalities are available at GSHMC: Cardiac MRI, Cardiac CT and Advanced
Echocardiography supporting cardiovascular surgery and transcatheter valvular intervention.
We offer cardiac CT scanning, cardiac MRI scanning, three-dimensional and transesophageal echocardiography, cardiac PET/CT scanning and state-of-the-art nuclear imaging. All of the procedures are supervised and interpreted by expert board certified cardiologists who are recognized nationally and internationally as leaders in their particular imaging fields.
Our exceptionally skilled and caring staff will guide you through every aspect of your imaging test, from preparing for the day of the test to what you might expect during and following the test. We work in close conjunction with referring physicians to create a tailored plan of imaging that will deliver the most helpful results possible and provide these results to your physician on the same day in almost all instances.
- Jane Cao, M.D., Director of Cardiac Imaging
- Coronary Artery Disease
- Congestive Heart Failure
- Mitral Valve Disease
- Congenital Heart Disease
- Cardiac Amyloid
- Cardiac Sarcoid
- Cardiac Iron Overload
- Cardiac Tumor
- Disease of the Pericardium
Key Diagnostic Modalities
Advanced CT scanning provides unprecedented image quality, especially for cardiovascular applications. It has the ability to provide three-dimensional, motion-free images of the beating heart and acquire images of the entire heart in a split of a second. The state-of-art cardiac CT technology can provide the details of coronary artery anatomy including that of the bypass grafts, plaque features and stenosis severity. When combined with CT fractional flow reserve, an advanced modality based on computational fluid dynamics, the CT coronary angiography can make the accurate diagnosis of flow limiting coronary obstruction in addition to coronary atherosclerosis. Our experienced team also provide expertise in pulmonary vein mapping, pre- and post-TAVR evaluation, pre- and post-Watchman device implantation assessment, complex vascular imaging, left and right ventricular function and congenital heart disease. These images allow physicians to diagnose and treat disease more accurately than ever before. High-speed imaging capabilities provide greater patient comfort by minimizing the breath-hold time.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), a versatile, non-invasive technology, has long been used for the diagnosis of neurological, orthopedic, gastrointestinal, and vascular disorders. New MRI technology provides the speed and image resolution needed to image the beating heart, which creates unique image data not available with other technologies. Cardiac MRI provides high-resolution, high-definition images of the heart non-invasively and without using radiation. Heart chambers, heart muscle, wall motion, ejection fraction and blood flow can be illustrated with one-of-its-kind accuracy in these images. Cardiac MRI is used to diagnose a wide range of cardiovascular conditions, including coronary artery disease, congenital heart defects and other abnormalities of the heart muscle and pericardium.
Specialized testing includes transthoracic, trans-esophageal and stress echocardiography. We also provide intraoperative echo in conjunction with our surgical team and interventional echo for valvular and other percutaneous procedures. All studies are performed with state of the art hardware and software from multiple vendors including Philips, Siemens, and GE Medical Systems. Specialized 3D analyses are performed on all applicable studies and undergo rigorous analyses to ensure accuracy and reproducibility resulting in accurate assessments of myocardial and valvular function, blood flow, hemodynamics and anatomical investigation.
Cardiac Nuclear Imaging
Nuclear imaging can be used to evaluate patients who are not candidates for the simple stress test, which involves exercise. Especially in cases where coronary artery disease is suspected, the addition of nuclear imaging increases the diagnostic accuracy of the stress test. A specialized type of nuclear imaging known as single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) involves the injection of nuclear isotopes and continuous imaging by a gamma camera that circles the patient’s body. There is a growing body of evidence on the benefits of using this approach to identify coronary artery disease in women (who generally experience a significant number of false positives with stress testing), as well as elderly patients. The information gathered from a nuclear imaging scan can help cardiologists determine which patients are candidates for coronary angiography, angioplasty and stenting, or coronary artery bypass surgery.
Advanced Cardiac Imaging Fellowship
The Cardiac Imaging Program at St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center in Roslyn, New York is accepting applications for its Advanced Imaging Fellowship Program for Level III training in Cardiac CT and Cardiac MRI as well as training in Advanced Echocardiography. Candidates who have completed a clinical cardiology fellowship are strongly preferred. Research is highly encouraged and supported. The program is affiliated with the Cardiology Division and the Biomedical Engineering Department of SUNY Stony Brook. Our faculty consists of 14 full-time Academic Imaging Cardiologists and 5 PhDs with expertise in MR physics, nuclear imaging and biostatistics. U.S. News & World Report ranks St. Francis Hospital’s cardiovascular program nationally.
Please contact: Camille Munch, Fellowship Program Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, fax (516) 622-4551, and phone (516) 622-4552.
Contact St. Francis Cardiac Imaging
To schedule echocardiogram, nuclear imaging study, please call: 516-705-6627
To schedule Cardiac CT and Cardiac MRI, please call: 516-629-2028