Early assessment and prompt treatment of cardiovascular disease may help save your life. At Cleveland Clinic London, our advanced heart imaging services ensure your heart is in good hands. We use the latest equipment and evidence-based techniques to diagnose and care for a range of cardiac conditions.
Diagnostic Heart Imaging: Why Choose Cleveland Clinic London?
Highlights of our heart imaging services include:
- Collaborative team: Our expert team of heart imaging and radiology consultants specialise in heart imaging. They work closely with cardiology consultants, interventional cardiologists, electrophysiologists, heart muscle specialists, heart surgeons and cardiac anaesthetists to ensure you receive complete care.
- Leading-edge technology: Our new facility is outfitted with the latest heart imaging equipment, including state-of-the-art cardiac MRI and a dual-source CT scanner. This innovative device uses two X-ray sources to capture images of your heart in nearly half the time as a traditional CT, with less radiation exposure. You experience a quicker, safer scan without sacrificing quality.
- Timely care: We offer same-day or next-day appointments for many types of heart scans, so you receive quicker results and the answers you need. Our electronic health records system also gives you, your GP and your care team instant access to your imaging results, which helps coordinate streamlined care.
- Second opinions: If you’ve received a diagnosis elsewhere, we’d be happy to take a second look. Our heart imaging team carefully evaluates previous and new scans. We discuss the results with you, helping you make an informed, confident decision about your care plan.
Heart Imaging Services We Offer
Imaging tests help us evaluate symptoms such as angina (chest pain) and shortness of breath. You may need heart screening if you’re at high risk for cardiovascular disease due to family history or lifestyle factors. Imaging exams also help us monitor structural heart problems such as heart valve defects. Your cardiologist or GP can help you determine if you need regular heart screening and how often you need it.
Echocardiography is an ultrasound of your heart. A heart echo uses sound waves to create moving images of the size and shape of your heart. It can also show us how hard your heart is working to pump blood through your body.
- Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE): We pass a transducer across your chest to create detailed images of your heart while you’re at rest. In some cases, we may inject a contrast liquid to see more clearly how the blood is moving through your heart. A special echo technique, called strain imaging, helps us see the heart muscle at work.
- Stress echocardiography: A stress echo evaluates your heart when it’s hard at work. We may ask you to perform exercise during a stress echo. Or you might receive medication to speed up your heart rate if you’re unable to exercise. A stress echo helps us diagnose coronary artery disease, ischaemia (lack of blood getting to the heart muscle) and heart valve disease.
- Transoesophageal echocardiography (TEE): If we need more detailed images of your heart’s valves and chambers than a TTE can provide, we may do a TEE. While you’re sedated, we pass a thin tube through your mouth and down your throat. The end of the tube contains a tiny transducer that uses sound waves to produce close-up images of your heart.
Cardiac CT scans use X-rays to create multiple images of your heart. We study the images to find areas where your blood vessels might be blocked with plaque from atherosclerosis. We may use CT to carefully plan keyhole interventional procedures, such as transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). A heart CT also helps us see if your heart is inflamed, infected or swollen with fluid.
- Dual-source CT scanner: Cleveland Clinic London features a specialised heart CT scanner that creates highly detailed images in less time and with less radiation exposure than traditional CT scans.
- Coronary CT angiography: We inject a contrast dye into your bloodstream before doing CT scans. The dye helps us see how blood flows through your coronary arteries, which supply your heart. This test detects narrowed arteries or blockages.
Cardiac MRI uses magnets, radio waves and a computer to create images of your heart. Unlike a CT scan, an MRI doesn’t use any radiation. But people with pacemakers or other implanted metal devices may not be able to have an MRI scan due to the magnet.
We may recommend a cardiac MRI if you’ve had a heart attack so we can evaluate damaged heart tissue. We can also use 3D pictures from an MRI to plan heart surgery.
Heart imaging is an essential tool for diagnosing heart conditions. We also use this technology to treat heart disease. Imaging guidance helps us perform interventional, catheter-based procedures with precision. Learn more about our interventional cardiology services.