Diagnostic Services for Heart Valve Disease
Treatment for valve disorders begins with a thorough diagnosis. Our specialists have a wide array of tests to choose from, including the following:
Echocardiograms are painless tests that use sound waves to show the heart's structure and function. University of Chicago specialists were instrumental in the development of three-dimensional echocardiography, an advanced heart-imaging technique.
Angiograms are tests that involve the use of thin tubes (catheters) to inject a safe dye into the heart and surrounding vessels. This dye can be seen with an X-ray. The angiogram helps physicians see how the blood flows in the heart, and also shows valve function.
Nuclear imaging studies or radionuclide scans are tests that study blood flow and heart function through the use of sophisticated molecular imaging tools and radionuclide dyes.