Nebraska Medicine has the most comprehensive cardiac imaging services in the state of Nebraska. The following diagnostic procedures offered at the medical center are performed and read by highly-trained specialists in the field of cardiology:
- Echocardiograms with profusion contrast imaging
- Nuclear cardiac stress testing
An echocardiogram (Echo) is a sophisticated diagnostic ultrasound image of the heart which allows a cardiologist to determine if there are any congenital heart conditions or acquired heart diseases. Echo tests are performed on a patient in a resting state and stress state to evaluate the blood flow across all four valves of the heart and examine the function of the left and right ventricle efficiency.
At the medical center, this procedure is often performed with a contrast medication for myocardial perfusion. Nebraska Medicine is the only facility in the state using Echo contrast agents for this purpose.
- Myocardial perfusion assessment with contrast echocardiography
Nebraska Medicine is the only facility in the state using myocardial perfusion scan with Echo. This procedure uses nuclear medicine to illustrate the function of the heart muscle. When used with an echocardiogram, it is considered to be a more comprehensive test than an Echo alone. This test allows the cardiologist to review the affected areas of the heart and their severity more clearly. With his test, a physician can evaluate the affected area, severity of ischemia, pump function of the heart side by side comparison of other vital information.
- Nuclear Cardiac Stress Testing
Nuclear stress testing is ideal for patients with previous unreadable Echo images, have difficulty elevating their heart rate for an Echo stress test or weigh 350 pounds or more.
Nuclear cardiac stress tests are often used to identifying possible damage to the heart from radiotherapy in addition to diagnosing and determining the severity of:
- Heart disease
- Coronary artery disease
The D-SPECT™ Cardiac Imaging System is located at the medical center’s Oakview Medical Building. This camera is the only one of its kind in Nebraska and has significant advantages over other types of nuclear cameras, such as:
- Studies performed with significantly lower doses of nuclear tracer
- Lower radiation exposure for the patient
- Decreased procedure time by half, studies now completed 90 minutes
- More comfortable seating position for patient
- Offering imagine option for patients weighing up to 550 pounds