St. Francis Cardiac Imaging at Good Samaritan
Over the last decade St. Francis Hospital has helped to create major advances in diagnostic imaging of the beating heart using non-invasive approaches. As a result, we are now able to detect heart disease at earlier stages, diagnose it with greater accuracy and more specifically guide a patient’s treatment. With recent advances in technology, it is now possible to image the heart with such great detail and speed that a cardiac diagnosis can be made in seconds without an invasive procedure. 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.
Through St. Francis Cardiac Imaging at Good Samaritan, key modalities are offered including, cardiac CT scanning, three-dimensional and transesophageal echocardiography. All of the procedures are supervised and interpreted by expert board certified cardiologists who are recognized nationally and 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 might expect during and following the test. 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 to your physician on the same day in almost all instances.
- Jane Cao, M.D., Director of St. Francis Cardiac Imaging
- Coronary Artery Disease
- Congestive Heart Failure
- Mitral Valve Disease
- Congenital Heart Disease
- Cardiac Amyloid
- Cardiac Sarcoid
- Cardiac Iron Overload
- Cardiac Tumor
- Disease of the Pericardium
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.
MultiDetector Computed Tomography (MDCT)
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 intracranial, pulmonary, abdominal and peripheral vessels in less than ten seconds. 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.