A "Best Test" Option for Every Patient

Penn Medicine’s full array of imaging options lets physicians select the best studies for each patient. These include:

  • Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and angiography (MRA). Penn’s newest MRI systems:
    • More easily accommodate large patients or patients uncomfortable in enclosed spaces.
    • Send more frequent signals during the scan to capture a complete image of a beating heart.
    • Use a more powerful magnet and faster imaging tools to capture more detailed images of the heart and its metabolism.
  • Cardiac Computed Tomography (CT) and angiography (CTA), including a dual x-ray source, multi-slice CT imaging that produces amazingly detailed, three-dimensional images of the heart and takes pictures twice as fast as older technology, essentially “freezing” the motion of the heart.
  • Positron Emission Tomography (PET) to show the chemical functioning of organs and tissues.
  • Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS) to get a cross-sectional view of the walls of blood vessels from the inside, showing the physician where the normal artery wall ends and plaque begins.
  • Intravascular MRI (IVMRI) – Provides similar plaque localization to IVUS, but measures the amount and type of cholesterol in plaques to guide therapy.
  • Coronary calcium scoring with computed tomography (CT).
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