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Dedicated to providing comprehensive imaging services for patients facing all types of heart disorders and disease, the Heart Imaging Program provides patients with:
Our cardiac imaging team is part of the Mass General Corrigan Minehan Heart Center, a multidisciplinary program that unites experts from imaging, cardiology, cardiac surgery, cardiac anesthesia and cardiac nursing to provide all-inclusive heart care.
In the Heart Imaging Program, every exam is interpreted by a specialist with advanced training in cardiovascular imaging.
Our doctors are trained in both the cardiovascular system and specific types of imaging, such as CT and MRI. They hold leadership positions In professional societies that set guidelines for exam procedures and play leadership roles in research projects that advance the state-of-the-art in cardiac imaging.
Read about the Division of Cardiovascular Imaging.
The Heart Imaging Program gives patients access to the expertise of dedicated cardiovascular radiologists as well as cardiologists from the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center.
We work in close consultation with your doctor to schedule and plan your imaging exam. We provide swift results, including a written report and image access (if your doctor desires), within 48 to 72 hours.
We pay special attention to minimizing radiation exposure while maximizing image quality.
Read how the Heart Imaging Program reduced cardiac CT radiation dose by 75 percent.
Read the latest news from the Heart Imaging Program.
Learn more about advances in medical imaging to diagnose heart disease and related conditions.
The Heart Imaging Program is staffed by radiologists who specialize in cardiovascular imaging. They are part of the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center and collaborate closely with cardiologists on patient care.
Dr. Hoffmann is chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Imaging. He has 15+ years of experience in magnetic resonance and computed tomography imaging research. His current focus is the value and accuracy of cardiac CT in an array of clinical applications.
Dr. Ghoshhajra is service chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Imaging and program director of the Cardiac Imaging Fellowship. His clinical interests include congenital heart disease, non-invasive vascular imaging, emergency imaging, radiation dose protection, cardiac CT and cardiac MRI.
Dr. Choy is a staff radiologist in the Divisions of Cardiovascular Imaging and Emergency Imaging. His clinical interests include cardiothoracic imaging, emergency imaging, abdominal imaging, and medical informatics.
Dr. Gupta is a staff radiologist in the Division of Cardiovascular Imaging and director of the Advanced X-ray Imaging Sciences (AXIS) Center. His clinical interests include advanced CT applications, dual energy CT, flat-panel CT, cardiac CT and thoracic outlet syndrome.
Dr. Kalra is a staff radiologist in the Divisions of Cardiovascular Imaging and Thoracic Imaging and Intervention and co-director of the Webster Center for Advanced Research and Education in Radiation. His clinical interests include chest CT, cardiac CT, cardiac MRI and PET / CT.
Dr. Lu is a staff radiologist in the Division of Cardiovascular Imaging. His clinical interests include imaging of the heart and blood vessels using CT, MRI, and ultrasound.
Dr. Prabhakar is a staff radiologist in the Divisions of Cardiovascular Imaging and Emergency Imaging. His clinical interests include vascular radiology, health economics, health services research and cardiac CT.
Dr. Oliveira is a staff radiologist in the Divisions of Cardiovascular Imaging and Interventional Radiology.
Dr. Liu is a staff radiologist in the Divisions of Cardiovascular Imaging and Interventional Radiology. His clinical interests include vascular malformations, venous disease, hereditary hemorrhagic telangiecta and peripheral artery disease.
The Heart Imaging Program at Massachusetts General Hospital offers diagnostic exams for the following conditions.
An abdominal aortic aneurysm, also called AAA or triple A, is a bulging, weakened area in the wall of the aorta (the largest artery in the body) resulting in an abnormal widening or ballooning greater than 50 percent of the normal diameter (width).
Angina pectoris (or simply angina) is recurring chest pain or discomfort that happens when some part of the heart does not receive enough blood and oxygen.
Arrhythmias are heart rhythm disorders that may originate in the atria (the receiving chambers of the heart) or the ventricles (the pumping chambers of the heart).
Atherosclerosis is a thickening or hardening of the arteries caused by a build-up of plaque in the inner lining of an artery.
Atrial fibrillation is a type of arrhythmia where the electrical signals in the atria (the two small chambers of the heart) are fired in a very fast and uncontrolled manner.
Cardiomyopathy is any disease of the heart muscle in which the heart loses its ability to pump blood effectively.
Carotid artery disease, also called carotid artery stenosis, occurs when the carotid arteries, the main blood vessels that carry oxygenated blood to the brain, become narrowed.
Congenital heart defects occur when the heart or related blood vessels do not develop properly before or at birth.
Coronary heart disease occurs when cholesterol builds up within the walls of the heart’s arteries (coronary arteries), forming what is called plaque.
Gout is characterized by inflamed, painful joints due to the formation of crystal deposits at the joints.
A heart attack occurs when one or more regions of the heart muscle experience a severe or prolonged lack of oxygen caused by blocked blood flow to the heart muscle.
Heart failure, also called congestive heart failure, is a condition in which the heart cannot pump enough oxygenated blood to meet the needs of the body's other organs.
Heart murmurs are additional sounds made by blood flowing through the heart as it beats. Many murmurs are harmless (innocent), but some abnormal murmurs might signal a heart problem.
The heart’s valves can have one of two malfunctions - regurgitation (when the valve does not completely close) or stenosis (a narrowing of the valve).
Blood pressure, measured with a blood pressure cuff and stethoscope by a nurse or other health care provider, is the force of the blood pushing against the artery walls.
Metabolic syndrome is a condition that includes the presence of a cluster of risk factors specific for cardiovascular disease. Metabolic syndrome significantly raises the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, and/or stroke.
Obesity increases the risk for many diseases, especially heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes.
Pericarditis is inflammation of the pericardium, the thin sac (membrane) that surrounds the heart.
A pulmonary embolism (PE) is a blood clot that develops in a blood vessel elsewhere in the body (most commonly from the leg), travels to an artery in the lung, and forms an occlusion (blockage) of the artery.
Rheumatic heart disease is a condition in which permanent damage to heart valves is caused by rheumatic fever.
A thoracic aortic aneurysm, also called TAA, is a bulging, weakened area in the wall of the thoracic aorta (the largest artery in the body), resulting in an abnormal widening or ballooning.
The Heart Imaging Program at Massachusetts General Hospital offers diagnostic exams to assess heart disease and related conditions. All images are interpreted by a specialist with advanced training in cardiovascular imaging.
A cardiac CT is a type of CT scan designed to detect the buildup of plaque in the coronary arteries as well as the structure and function of the heart.
A cardiac MRI is a type of MR exam designed to look at the structure and function of the heart.
A vascular CT (also called CT angiography) is a type of CT scan that focuses on the blood vessels, using a contrast material to make them show up clearly in the images.
A vascular MRI (also called MR angiography) is a type of MR exam that focuses on the blood vessels and may not require contrast in some cases.
A vascular ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of blood vessels.
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Learn about MRI exams at Mass General Imaging. See what MRI scanners and images look like, understand MRI safety, and learn about the specialty-trained radiologists who interpret every scan.
Dr. James H. Thrall, Department of Radiology chairman emeritus, discusses The Webster Center for Advanced Research and Education in Radiation, a unique research effort dedicated to reducing radiation dose for every exam Mass General Imaging performs.
As CT (computed tomography) technology has transformed the practice of medicine, Mass General Imaging has dedicated itself to making sure each exam exposes the patient to the lowest achievable amount of radiation. Department of Radiology Chairman Emeritus James H. Thrall, MD, discusses our decade-long commitment—and our success—regarding this issue.
One effective way to reduce radiation exposure is to avoid unnecessary exams. That's why Mass General Imaging has been a leader in developing software tools that guide referring physicians by not only making sure the selected exam matches the patient's needs but also suggesting radiation-free alternatives when appropriate.
Each radiologist at Mass General Imaging is a specialist in a particular area of the body. Department of Radiology Chairman Emeritus James H. Thrall, MD, explains how patients benefit from the additional specialty training our physicians have completed.
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