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Diagnostic Tests

University Cardiology offers the most technologically advanced diagnostic tests for heart disease, including 3-D echocardiography and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). 

We also offer a state-of-the-art GE Ventri gamma camera that allows physicians to diagnose heart disease, assess heart function, and determine blood flow patterns to the heart muscle in two 12-minute scans. This specialized digital camera offers low table height, comfortable patient positioning, smaller detector size for less confinement, and a maximum patient weight limit of 440 lbs.

Echocardiography is one of the most widely used diagnostic tests for heart disease, especially to evaluate heart valves.  It can provide a wealth of helpful information, including the size and shape of the heart, its pumping capacity and the location and extent of any damage to its tissues. Echocardiography detects abnormalities in the pattern of blood flow, such as the backward flow of blood through partly closed heart valves, known as regurgitation. By assessing the motion of the heart wall, echocardiography can help detect the presence and assess the severity of coronary artery disease, as well as help determine whether any chest pain is related to heart disease.

An echocardiogram (ECG or EKG), often referred to in the medical community as a cardiac ECHO or simply an ECHO, is a sonogram of the heart, also known as a cardiac ultrasound. This noninvasive test uses ultrasound techniques to measures the electrical activity of the heart and provide two-dimensional images of the heart.  An EKG can indicate the presence of arrhythmias (an abnormal rhythm of the heart), damage to the heart caused by ischemia (lack of oxygen to the heart muscle) or myocardial infarction (MI, or heart attack), a problem with one or more of the heart valves, or other types of heart conditions.

Additional Diagnostic Tests:

  • Blood Tests
  • Chest X-ray
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG OR EKG)
  • Echocardiogram (including 3-D echocardiography)
  • Exercise Tests
  • Cardiac Catheterization
  • Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Holter Monitor Testing (records heart rhythms for 24 hours or more)

Appointments and referrals can be scheduled by calling (803) 540-1000.  Referring physicians should complete the University Cardiology Referral Form and fax it to (803) 540-1050.