Diagnostic Imaging Services

Heart health depends on getting the right diagnosis – quickly and accurately.
Our team at Northside Hospital Heart Institute is dedicated to delivering fast, expert diagnosis, treatment and prevention of any cardiovascular disease. That’s why we’re committed to bringing advanced diagnostic imaging to communities across Georgia.

Comprehensive Medical Imaging of Your Cardiovascular System

At Northside, specially trained radiologists and certified cardiovascular technologists offer a full spectrum of non-invasive diagnostic testing for any heart and vascular need. Using advanced imaging technologies, we provide detailed pictures of your heart, monitor heart function and evaluate how well your veins and arteries are working. Our cardiovascular diagnostic imaging services include:

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) test: Through abdominal ultrasound, abdominal and pelvic CT or angiography, these AAA tests will determine any weakness in your aorta due to atherosclerosis or plaque buildup.
  • Cardiac computed tomography (CT) scan: Our dual-source cardiac CT technology is twice as fast as some similar CT scanners. This scan helps our doctors detect blockages, plaque and other issues that may be present in your heart and coronary arteries. 
  • Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan: A cardiac MRI shows doctors how well your heart is working by creating detailed pictures that provide both anatomic and functional information. 
  • Carotid artery ultrasound: Painless and safe, a carotid ultrasound checks the blood flow in your carotid arteries to identify narrowing or blockages that affect your blood flow
  • Echocardiogram: Through ultrasound technology, your doctor can take moving pictures of your heart to determine any issues with its size and shape. 
  • Nuclear Stress Testing: These scans show doctors how well your heart is functioning and allows them to diagnose coronary artery disease (CAD) or identify damage due to a heart attack.  
  • Stress echocardiogram: This type of stress test allows your doctor to monitor your blood pressure and heart rhythm while you exercise to determine if your heart muscles are getting enough blood and oxygen.

Proactive Approach to Heart and Vascular Wellness

At Northside Hospital Heart Institute, we know early detection is the answer to life-long heart and vascular wellness. Our physicians use the full diagnostic medical imaging capabilities of Northside Hospital to diagnose both routine and complex heart and vascular conditions. We also offer extensive screening tests to assess your risk of cardiovascular diseases. Our screening tests include: 

  • Coronary artery calcium CT (calcium scoring) to estimate your risk of heart disease
  • Exercise stress tests to determine how well your heart responds during exercise while your heart rate is monitored via an electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Lipid panel blood tests to determine your cholesterol and triglyceride levels
  • Peripheral artery disease (PAD) ultrasounds to identify the presence of plaque in your limbs

At Northside Hospital Heart Institute, our care team will help you learn how to manage your heart health, such as making simple lifestyle changes to stay healthy – like taking a daily walk and staying more active. While exercise is a crucial component to heart health, diet also plays an important role. We’ll help you learn nutrition tips and create heart-healthy menus that will improve your cardiovascular health.