Cardiac imaging tests are used to screen for heart disease. They can determine what is causing your symptoms, monitor your heart
and find out if your treatment is working. Cardiac (heart) imaging procedures include CT Coronary Angiography, Coronary Artery
Calcium Scoring and MRI Heart (Cardiac MRI). Our specialist radiologists supervise or perform these diagnostic procedures in
our clinics across the Central Queensland.
An echocardiogram, or an ‘echo’ is a common procedure undertaking for cardiac imaging. It uses ultrasound (sound waves) to
produce an image of your heart. No radiation is involved. Your heart muscle, valves, large blood vessels and blood flow can
be assessed in great detail. Echocardiography provides your doctor with information about the blood pressure within the chambers
of the heart and lungs.Echocardiography is not dangerous and does not involve radiation or X-rays. You should not feel pain
A technician will place small metal disks called electrodes on your chest. These electrodes have wires which attach
to the ultrasound machine. This machine monitors your heart rhythm during the test. To image the heart, the
technician will press firmly as he or she moves the transducer across your chest and will ask you to briefly
hold your breath during the test. For most of the test, you will be required to lie still.