Cardiothoracic Surgery: Diagnostic Testing
Diagnostic tests and procedures are used to determine if a person has cardiovascular disease, the type of disease, the severity, and the most effective treatment methods.
Electrocardiography tests use the electrocardiogram to evaluate the electrical activity generated by the heart at rest and with activity.Nuclear Imaging is a method of producing images by detecting radiation from different parts of the body after the administration of a radioactive tracer material.
Ultrasound tests use ultrasound, or high frequency sound waves, to create graphic images of the heart’s structures, pumping action, and direction of blood flow.Radiographic Tests use x-ray machines or very high-tech machines (CT, MRI) to create pictures of the internal structures of the chest.
Invasive testing involve inserting catheters into the blood vessels of the heart in order to get a closer look at the coronary arteries or to stimulate and test the electrical system of the heart.
Laboratory tests include a number of blood tests used to diagnose and monitor treatment for heart disease.