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Patient Guide to Heart Tests
Coronary angiogram, cardiac catheterization, ultrasound, thallium nuclear scan, stress echo, 64-slice CT angiography, MRI, MRA -- for the patient who has been having chest pains, or has certain heart disease risk factors, one or more of these tests may be recommended. "Imaging tests" help the cardiologist see inside the patient's heart in order to determine if coronary artery disease is present.

3D 64-Slice CT Angiogram   Some of these tests are relatively new and imaging technology is developing at a rapid pace. This section explains current testing options: when and why each test is recommended, how to prepare and what to expect.
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NewsCenter: Reports and Features
Breaking news, original reporting and links to imaging-related news stories. Featured stories:

Discussion Forum
Should I get a 64-slice CT scan instead of a cath? Should my pregnant wife be concerned about radiation from my Thallium scan?

3D 64-Slice CT Angiogram   Patient Information Handouts
Printable versions of Angioplasty.Org's "Imaging and Diagnostic Tests" section (in Adobe Acrobat PDF format).
Angioplasty.Org Interview Series:
Advances in Imaging
Technology is rapidly changing the world of medical imaging. The latest developments in this field often outpace the news headlines.
Harvey S. Hecht MD FACC
James Min, MD, FACC

This interview series presents discussions with researchers and leading specialists in the field of coronary imaging.

Our current discussion is with Dr. James K. Min, Director of Cardiac CT labs at Weill-Cornell Medical College at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital about the role of CT vis-a-vis nuclear stress testing and more. (Read entire interview...)

previous interviews:


• Harvey Hecht, Director of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.

Harvey S. Hecht MD FACC

• L. Nelson Hopkins, MD, Chairman of Neurosurgery, Professor of Radiology, and Director of the Toshiba Stroke Research Center at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.

L. Nelson Hopkins, MD

• Michael Poon, MD, President of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography, New York, New York

Michael Poon, MD
• Stephan Achenbach, MD, University of Erlangen–Nürnberg, Erlangen, Germany Stephan Achenbach, MD
• Armin Zadeh, MD, Johns Hopkins Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland Armin Zadeh, MD
• Daniel S. Berman, MD, FACC, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California Daniel S. Berman, MD

Advocacy and Professional Training
Links to organizations,advocacy groups and a schedule of training opportunities for healthcare professionals.