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The Non-Invasive Imaging Section provides a comprehensive set of patient services as it functions as a cardiovascular diagnostic center for inpatients and outpatients, performing within our lab, we perform various tests are performed including:
- Cardiovascular MRI
- Dobutamine stress echo
- Exercise stress echo
- Exercise treadmill
- Transesophageal echo
- Nuclear stress testing
- Cardiopulmonary stress testing
- Cardiac and vascular CT
- Cardiac PET stress testing
- Vascular ultrasound
Physicians provide immediate interpretation for all cardiovascular studies.
To Schedule A Patient Appointment:
- Greater New Orleans Area & Metairie: 504-842-4010
- Kenner: 504-443-9500
- North Shore: Covington, Mandeville or Abita Springs 985-875-2828
- Slidell: 985-639-3777
Cardiac PET Stress Testing
One of the most effective treatments used in the various medical stages of treating cardiac disease is Positron Emission Tomography. PET scans of the heart is a highly effective imaging tool that is used to diagnose cardiac disease.
The use of PET imaging in cardiac diseases takes two stages. During the first stage, the patient's heart is scanned while at in a state of rest. The images that are produced from this first PET scan will then be checked with a second PET scan. During the second stage, the patient is given a drug (dipyridamole) that produces an effect in the body similar to the effects of strenuous exercise. The scan of the patient's heart taken at this time shows the heart and its arteries in a state of stress. The two scans are then compared to assess whether heart disease is present.
Why PET Stress Testing?
- Better diagnostic accuracy
- Excellent quality
- Ability to detect pre-clinical disease
Since 2005, the Ochsner Cardiovascular Network has taken the lead in Cardiac MRI (CMR) by offering adult and pediatric patients a higher level of diagnostic testing and offering physicians the ease of making referrals. Performing greater than 250 Cardiac MRI’s each year, we are the only health system between Houston and Mobile to perform such a volume each year.
Cervical Aortic Arch with Kommerals Diverticulum
Why Cardiac MRI?
- Tremendous Information
- Excellent Spatial Resolution
- Quantification of Pathology
- Reproducible Serial Assessment of Pathology
- NO: Acoustic Window Limitations, Ionization Radiation
Criteria to Refer a Patient:
- Congenital Heart Disease
- Pericardial Disease
- Cardiac Mass
- Ferrous Material
- Unconnected Cardiac Leads
- Brain Aneursym Clips
- Pacemaker Dependent
For Referring Physicians
Referring physicians, for 24/7 transfers, referrals and phone consults, call the Regional Referral Center at 1-855-OHS-LINK (647-5465).