By the time an average stress test shows an abnormality or plaque, you need a stent or bypass and you have already been at high risk for a heart attack or stroke for years. The only way to know if you are at risk is to image your arteries. Our Heart Scans can find plaque 15 years or more before any other test. Ultrasound, CT and MRI may be used to image your arteries.

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Ultrasound is used as a primary screening tool for aneurysm or blockage in the carotid arteries or abdominal aorta. Ultrasound has the advantage of being less costly. It also has no radiation and no need for IV contrast.

CT

Our Low-Dose High-Definition 128-Slice CT Scanner offers detailed images by performing CT Angiography (CTA) of the Carotid Arteries, Abdominal Aorta, Renal Artery, Lower and Upper Extremities and the Brain.

Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring (Heart Score) takes very detailed pictures of the heart’s vessels. We evaluate the coronary arteries for calcified plaque deposits. Those deposits are counted and a representative Heart Score is given. Your score will give you a reliable assessment of your risk for having coronary artery disease.

Cardiac CT Angiography (CCTA) includes a Heart Score, but takes it a big step further. We will perform a complete coronary artery CTA or angiography of the arteries of the heart. Calcified plaque and also soft plaque are detected in the coronary arteries of the heart. Additionally, an assessment is made on the amount of blockage those plaque deposits are causing in your Coronary Arteries. This study requires beta blockers and IV Contrast.

MRI

Two of our MRI Systems are 3T, which have twice the power of most MRI systems. 3T images are more detailed. The studies are faster, minimizing motion issues. 3T is what cutting edge hospital use such as the Mayo and Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins. 3T is the best quality MRI available. As long as you are not large statured or claustrophobic, your MRI’s will be preformed on one of our 3T MRI Systems.

If you are claustrophobic Buffalo MRI has the highest quality open MRI available for your study.

MRI has the advantage of not exposing your body to radiation.

MR Angiography (MRA) is used to evaluate the Carotid Arteries, Abdominal Aorta, Renal Arteries, Brain, and Upper and Lower Extremities. All MRA Studies, aside from Brain studies, require contrast.