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).