Exceeding imaging service standards in quality and patient safety
The trained, certified professionals in the Advanced Imaging Department at Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital – Dallas—including computed tomography (CT) specialists, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) specialists, radiology imaging (RT) specialists, and cardiac nurses—work together using technologically advanced imaging tools and equipment to assist in patient diagnosis and treatment.
Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular – Dallas holds the Gold Seal of Accreditation awarded by the American College of Radiology (ACR) for imaging services’ quality and patient safety in computed tomography. Accreditation acknowledges that imaging services have proven to exceed equipment standards, clinical and operational personnel qualifications, and stringent quality control guidelines.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance angiography (MRA)
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive imaging test using a magnetic field, radiofrequency pulses and a computer to produce detailed pictures of the soft tissues in the body. Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) uses this same technology to produce images of the blood vessels to help identify atherosclerotic disease.
Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular – Dallas’ 1.5 Tesla magnetic resonance imager brings a full complement of cardiac and vascular imaging capability.
Patients with cardiac implantable devices including pacemakers and/or defibrillators now have the option to receive an MRI. Previously, an MRI for patients with older devices was not recommended. Current advanced implantable devices have been manufactured to be compatible with imaging technology.
Computed tomography (CT)
The computed tomography (CT) program at our heart hospital in Dallas was awarded Gold Seal Accreditation for imaging services’ quality and patient safety by the American College of Radiology. With the advanced CT technology of a dual detector dual-source 384-slice scanner, imaging physicians on the medical staff can obtain images of the body that freeze motion without asking patients to hold their breath—saving time and expediting treatment decisions.
Plaque buildup in the heart can cause an artery to narrow and become blocked. A CT angiography can be used to determine the location of the blockage, but in some cases, more information is needed.
Fractional flow reserve - CT
Fractional flow reserve-computed tomography (FFRCT) is an advanced, non-invasive imaging test that we perform at our Dallas heart hospital to determine how blockages affect blood flow to the heart. This test does not require another appointment, and there is no additional risk. A computerized 3D model of your coronary arteries is analyzed by a trained specialist to determine how limited the blood flow is to the heart. The information then helps the patient and their physician determine a treatment plan.
Talk to your heart doctor to learn more about FFRCT.