Cardiac (Heart) Imaging
Taking pictures of the heart — cardiac imaging — allows doctors to find diagnose and treat many conditions.
The Advanced Cardiac Imaging Program at UPMC Presbyterian offers the following heart imaging tests:
Precise measures of cardiac function including:
- Stress echocardiography.
- Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) — UPMC Presbyterian offers 3D TEE to diagnose heart disease.
- State-of-the-art nuclear cardiology with capabilities that extend beyond commercially available systems.
- 64-slice CT scanner for cardiac CT imaging.
- Technologically advanced education center.
|Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
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Center for Ultrasound Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics
The Center for Ultrasound Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics, a program of UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh, is a multidisciplinary translational research facility.
Led by Flordeliza Villanueva, MD, director of Noninvasive Cardiac Imaging at the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute, the center’s research staff work to develop ultrasound contrast agents and imaging systems with the goal of moving basic discoveries in ultrasound-based molecular imaging into clinical practice.
Some of the applications that center researchers are currently working on include:
- Microbubble technology — a promising method for imaging early heart disease using ultrasound molecular imaging, as well as for delivering targeted drug or gene therapy.
- Rapid molecular diagnosis of ischemic chest pain in the ER.
- Detection of high-risk atherosclerosis plaques.
- Evaluation of stents.
- Gene therapy.
Learn more about research at the Center for Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics website.
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