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Cutting-edge Laboratories

Cutting-edge Laboratories


Virginia Heart's echocardiography facilities use cardiac ultrasound (sound waves) to painlessly gather images of the heart's structure and function.

Combining treadmills with ultrasound technology helps us see the heart at work and can indicate blockages in the coronary arteries.

We have cardiologists who are also expert in transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), a specialized echocardiography procedure that allows for highly precise evaluation of cardiac structures, when needed. This procedure is often done for heart valve assessment prior to cardiac surgery.

Echocardiography is used to detect heart diseases such as:

Virginia Heart's facilities are accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiology Laboratories (ICAEL).

Nuclear Cardiology

One of the most commonly performed tests to diagnose coronary heart disease is a nuclear stress test, also referred to as a myocardial perfusion scan.

Our nationally accredited nuclear cardiology labs employ state-of-the-art imaging technology in which the camera produces three-dimensional images of the heart that show exactly where the heart muscle may not be receiving enough blood and oxygen. The test is non-invasive, with only a small amount of radioactive dye being injected into the bloodstream, and the information obtained is often more precise than that produced by other forms of exercise testing.

Our labs are accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories (ICANL).

Vascular Center

Vascular disease, also known as Peripheral Vascular Disease or Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), is caused by hardening of the arteries from the buildup of extra cholesterol, which reduces the flow of blood from the heart to your muscles and organs. Untreated, vascular disease can lead to heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure and lifestyle limitations.

Vascular ultrasound, performed in our centers, is the cornerstone for the non-invasive diagnosis of vascular disease. Duplex Ultrasonography is a painless, radiation-free test that uses high frequency sound waves to measure blood flow and detect the narrowing of arteries. Two other typical tests include:

  • Ankle Brachial Index - A test done by measuring blood pressure in the arm and at the ankle while a person is at rest and also when walking on a treadmill. Compared to the arm, lower blood pressure in the leg is an indication of blocked arteries.
  • Angiogram or Arteriogram - This imaging test uses x-rays and a special dye to see inside the arteries.

Our labs are accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL).

Click here for more about the Vascular Center.

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