Cardiac imaging and screening services in Dulles, Virginia
At StoneSprings Hospital, we have access to advanced diagnostic and imaging tools that allow our cardiologists and radiologists to better diagnose and treat all types of heart and vascular conditions. Our goal is to detect heart disease early and accurately, so we can start your care plan as fast as possible.
Please call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (855) 226-7344 for questions about heart screening and imaging services at StoneSprings Hospital.
Heart imaging and diagnostic services
We offer the most advanced diagnostic tools and services for cardiovascular care, including:
- Cardiac catheterization lab: Equipped with a CT (computed tomography) scanner and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) capabilities
- Peripheral vascular labs: Providing doctors with a clear view of the vascular field and exposing patients to low doses of radiation
- Angiography: X-rays used to create images of the inside of vessels surrounding the heart
- Exercise tolerance testing: Compares heart circulation at rest with heart circulation at different levels of exertion
- Heart catheterization: Uses a small catheter and X-rays to see inside the heart and blood vessels
- Stress tests: Use medications or measured activity to assess heart activity under stress
- Vascular testing: Uses noninvasive procedures to determine blood flow and circulation or blockages in vessels outside the heart
- 3D color ultrasound: Uses high-frequency sound waves to create video images of the heart, blood vessels and tissue
Noninvasive heart care
Noninvasive heart care refers to procedures or medical tools that do not break the skin or physically enter the body. Technology advancements continue to extend the range of noninvasive imaging and diagnostic options that contribute to effective heart care.
At StoneSprings Hospital, we offer Loudoun County residents access to the following noninvasive heart care options:
- Computed tomography (CT) scanning: Uses X-ray imaging to take multiple, detailed, cross-section views inside the body
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): Uses magnetic waves to make detailed two- and three-dimensional images inside the body
- Echocardiography: Uses ultrasounds to create moving images of the heart
- Electrocardiography (EKG): Uses electrodes to measure electrical activity in the heart
- Cardioversion: Delivery of an electric shock under sedation to correct a dangerous heart rhythm
Echocardiograms use ultrasound imaging and high-frequency sound waves to create moving images of the heart. Echocardiograms allow doctors to visualize the size, shape and motion of the heart while also identifying muscles in the heart that may not be contracting properly. Echocardiograms can detect blood clots, fluid buildups, valve conditions and other heart problems.
Echocardiograms are painless and typically take less than one hour to perform. Images generated during the test are displayed on a computer screen that allows them to be captured as a video or still shot.
An electrocardiogram is also referred to as an EKG or an ECG. EKGs measure the electrical activity of your heart using electrodes, or small electrical sensors, that are placed on your skin. The electrical signals are transferred into a graph that shows your doctor if your heart is beating properly.