CHI Franciscan Health cardiologists and vascular surgeons use vascular imaging techniques extensively to view blood flowing through the blood vessels. In our cardiac cath labs and our vascular labs, other imaging studies are performed using MRI or CT scanning techniques. Your images are studied for the detection of blockages and areas narrowed by plaque build-up. Some exams, such as angiography, allow physicians to open clogged arteries and/or perform other procedures.
See our Health Encyclopedia for in-depth information on the vascular imaging procedures available through the Franciscan Heart Center locations and use this information to explore your treatment options with your provider:
- Abdominal doppler: a special ultrasound technique that evaluates blood flow through the vessels of the abdomen
- Aortic angiography (angiogram)
- Cerebral vascular doppler: a test using sound waves to measure the velocity of blood flow within the blood vessels to and within the brain
- Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA)
- Nuclear medicine: a cardiac nuclear test that uses an injectable tracer to check the blood supply to the heart; a special camera that can see the tracer is used to take pictures
- Peripheral doppler ultrasound: an ultrasound test of the blood flow through blood vessels of the extremities (legs and arms); used to diagnose peripheral artery disease (PAD) or peripheral vascular disease (PVD)
- Vascular access procedures: the insertion of a small, thin, flexible tube (catheter) into a blood vessel (usually a vein) to draw blood or deliver nutrients or medication
- Vascular ultrasound (carotid duplex)
View our patient videos to discover the real-life experiences of our heart and vascular patients.