- Developing the appropriateness guidelines for cardiac computed tomography angiography (CCTA) and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
- Developing cardiac CT board examination and the CT lab accreditation criteria with the Intersocietal Commission.
- Teaching about cardiovascular CT through their leadership in the Society for Cardiac Computed Tomography.
Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging
The Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging offers patients comprehensive cardiovascular imaging services, including dedicated adult and pediatric cardiovascular CT and MRI. The availability of complete cardiovascular diagnostic imaging and treatment services at the Abbott Northwestern campus allows patients seamless access to tests and treatment, often on the same day, if necessary.
Further, patients can access Minneapolis Heart Institute®’s mobile imaging services through outreach sites close to their homes. The integration of advanced cardiovascular imaging with subspecialty expertise at Minneapolis Heart Institute® has led to unique treatment approaches for vascular disease, genetic arrhythmias and heart failure. Each scan is individualized to help triage a patient to the best treatment option. State-of-the-art coronary CT equipment, coupled with the experience of one of the largest coronary CT angiography centers, dramatically reduces radiation doses, as recorded in cooperative study registries. Cardiologists and radiologists from around the world come for specialized training through a case-based, mentored approach.
Accomplishments of the echo lab in 2011 include: Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and 3D echo support for the Valve Center, TEE support of complex surgical procedures, and TEE cardioversions (a new process with one-time anesthesia for patients undergoing cardioversion and TEE).