Non-Invasive Imaging

Overview

The Yale Section of Cardiovascular Medicine features an integrated program of multimodality cardiovascular imaging with a broad range of expertise including cardiovascular medicine, diagnostic radiology, biomedical engineering, image analysis, medical physics, and molecular biology.

The Cardiovascular Nuclear Imaging and Exercise Laboratories at Yale comprise a comprehensive exercise and imaging center that performs more than 7,000 studies annually. As one of the first cardiovascular imaging centers to be jointly staffed by cardiologists and radiologists, our team also provides comprehensive CV imaging and image-guided interventional procedures. Capabilities include cardiac perfusion and function studies with CT and planar imaging, SPECT, PET, and physical and pharmacological stress testing.

The Yale Adult Echocardiographic service includes seven state-of-the art digital machines that perform more than 15,000 transthoracic echoes, 700 transesophageal echoes, and 2,000 stress echoes annually. Yale also provides comprehensive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and MR angiography services.

Current Research

Current non-invasive imaging research at Yale includes studies investigating:

Novel pharmacological stress and contrast agents

  • ASPECT - Study of the Safety and Efficacy of Apadenoson for Detection of Myocardial Perfusion Defects in patients with coronary artery disease Using SPECT MPI
  • Use of a novel PET contrast agent to validate ejection fraction and wall motion

3-dimensional imaging development and evaluation

  • An investigation of 3D MR sequences to evaluate blood flow and tissue oxygenation in patients with peripheral arterial disease.

CT angiography

  • CT angiography for the assessment of coronary artery disease after heart transplantation

Faculty