St. Francis Cardiac Imaging at Good Samaritan
With recent advances in technology, clinicians are able to image the heart with such great detail and speed, that a cardiac diagnosis can be made. Without requiring an invasive procedure, heart disease can be detected at earlier stages, diagnosed with greater accuracy and more specifically guide a patient’s treatment.
The Cardiac Imaging Program at St. Francis Hospital is regarded as one of the best in the nation. We are proud to announce that this award-winning service is now offered to the residents of Suffolk County at Good Samaritan Hospital. The following imaging modalities are available at Good Samaritan Hospital:
- Cardiac MRI
- Cardiac CT
- Advanced Echocardiography supporting cardiovascular surgery and minimally invasive transcatheter valvular intervention
At St. Francis Cardiac Imaging at Good Samaritan, all procedures are supervised and interpreted by expert board certified cardiologists, who are recognized 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 may expect during and following the procedure. 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 on the same day, in almost all instances.
Key Diagnostic Modalities
By using three-dimensional echocardiography, which images the heart non-invasively with ultrasound, it is possible to evaluate the heart’s function more reliably than with a conventional ultrasound. It is especially useful in assessing patients with congestive heart failure. The technology creates a three-dimensional reconstruction of the heart which provides detail on the extent of a patient’s heart disease and helps physicians recommend the most effective treatment option.
Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE)
TEE is used to better visualize the heart when ordinary conventional cardiac ultrasound is not adequate. The test involves passing a special transducer into the patient’s esophagus, while the patient is under moderate sedation. Since the ultrasound waves do not have to pass across the chest wall as they would with traditional cardiac ultrasound, TEE allows a cardiologist to obtain clearer images for evaluating the heart’s structure and function. This test is often performed in preparation for mitral valve repairs, allowing a surgeon to assess the valve’s structure and the best approach to its repair. It is also useful before some heart rhythm treatments, catheter-based approaches to repairing congenital heart defects and in the operating room during surgery to repair or replace damaged heart valves.
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.
Cardiac MRI provides high-resolution images of the heart without using radiation. Heart chamber size, wall motion, ejection fraction, valvular function and myocardial scar features can be illustrated with one-of-a-kind accuracy in these images. Cardiac MRI is used to diagnose a wide range of cardiovascular conditions and highly recommended for assessing aortic disease (aneurysms, dissection, surgical repairs), myocardial ischemia and scar burden due to infarct, myocarditis, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy amyloidosis, sarcoidosis, determining the causes of heart failure due to myocardial or pericardial abnormalities, evaluating valvular disease quantitatively and investigating congenital heart defects comprehensively.
Meet the Team
Jane Cao, MD, Director of St. Francis Cardiac Imaging Program
Jason Craft, MD, Clinical Director of Cardiac MRI
Lu Chen, MD, Director of Cardiac Imaging at Good Samaritan Hospital
Contact St. Francis Cardiac Imaging at Good Samaritan
To schedule a cardiac non-invasive imaging test, please call (631) 376-4440 between 7 am – 11 pm.