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Radiographic Tests

Radiographic tests are noninvasive tests which use x-ray machines or specialized equipment with computer technology to create pictures of the internal structures of the chest.

Calcium-Score Screening Heart Scan
A diagnostic test used to detect calcium deposits found in atherosclerotic plaque in the coronary arteries.
Cardiac Computed Tomography
A diagnostic test that uses the advanced CT technology with intravenous (IV) contrast (dye) to visualize your cardiac anatomy, coronary circulation and great vessels.
Cardiac MRI Adenosine Stress Test
A diagnostic test used to evaluate blood flow to the heart for people who are unable to exercise or cannot increase their heart rates adequately.
Chest X-Ray - Heart
A diagnostic test that uses a very small amount of radiation to produce an image of the structures of the chest (heart, lungs and bones) on film.
Coronary Computed Tomography Angiogram
A diagnostic test that uses advanced CT technology, along with intravenous (IV) contrast material (dye), to obtain high-resolution, three-dimensional pictures of the moving heart and great vessels.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
A diagnostic test that produces high-quality still and moving pictures of the heart and great vessels.

Note about Fluoroscopic (X-ray) Guided Procedures

During fluoroscopy guided cardiovascular procedures, the x-ray beam is typically directed on a relatively small patch of skin. This area of skin receives the highest radiation dose as compared to any other part of the body.

It is rare to have any skin reaction at all after a fluoroscopic procedure. However, one of the possible effects produced by x-ray radiation is a mild to moderate skin reaction (“sun burn effect”) in the region of highest exposure. In extremely rare cases and at very high doses, hair loss and skin damage are possible. The skin reaction may take several days or weeks to develop.

Before the procedure, please tell your healthcare provider if you have had any prior fluoroscopy procedures, and if you experienced any skin reactions after those procedures. This will help your healthcare provider evaluate potential skin effects and answer any questions you may have.

Depending on the x-ray dose, you may receive instructions about post-procedure skin care.

Please discuss your questions with your doctor during your pre-procedure evaluation.

Reviewed: 09/11

This information is about testing and procedures and may include instructions specific to Cleveland Clinic.
Please consult your physician for information pertaining to your testing.

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