Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital Imaging offers a wide variety of technologically advanced tools and equipment that enable us to get a closer look at your heart and vascular system. In our advanced facility, we can diagnose your heart and vascular condition, and ultimately, perform a treatment that is appropriate for you.
Our team is comprised of computed tomography (CT) specialists, radiology imaging specialists, cardiac nurses, and administrative team members. These highly skilled and trained professionals take the time and care to provide you and your family with a quality patient experience. We understand the connection between mind and body, and that expertise does not have the same impact without sincerity and compassion.
We pride ourselves on our sophisticated imaging equipment; perhaps most notable is the recent purchase of a SOMOTOM® Force, a dual-source, 384-slice CT scanner extending advanced imaging to all patients, including complex patients. A breakthrough in computed tomography (CT) technology, the Force CT scanner enables physicians on the medical staff to obtain images of the body with technology that can freeze motion without asking patients to hold their breath. Time is saved and decisions regarding next steps can be made more quickly with this new technology. Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital is proud to be one of the first hospitals in the United States with this type of CT scanner.
The imaging department has the capability of providing calcium scoring scans without a physician referral. This screening can identify your risk of heart disease – before symptoms appear. While there are types of patients who require a referral from a physician, if you meet the following criteria, you may call 214-820-0127 to schedule your own calcium score screening and learn more about your risk level for heart disease with this simple, non-invasive screening that checks for buildup of cholesterol in your heart’s arteries. The test takes only minutes, and no physician’s order is needed if you meet these requirements:
Self-referred screening candidates must have one of the following risk factors:
These scans are non-invasive tests used to check for the buildup of cholesterol and calcified plaque on the walls of the arteries in the heart. They can detect heart disease before symptoms even appear. You may wish to order one if you have been having symptoms or if your provider suggests it as an information-gathering option. Calcium scoring is done by performing a CT scan of the chest, which produces hundreds of images. The images are then stored in a computer for later evaluation. Calcium scoring is mostly used for patients at medium risk for coronary artery disease because it can provide more information than physical examination and other tests. After the procedure, which typically lasts between 10 to 30 minutes, a registered nurse will discuss your results, what they mean, and next steps, if necessary.
For more information and to make an appointment for a Calcium Score Screening at Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital, please call 214.820.0127.
Here in our facilities, we are developing tomorrow's imaging techniques today. We strongly believe that research is an important component of medicine; therefore, we always stay abreast of the latest developments. We are currently engaged in 75 research trials, which include both clinical trials and trials for nursing research. To learn more about our trials, visit our research page.
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