Cardiac Testing in Derry & Bedford, NH
Derry Imaging works with healthcare providers and patients to detect heart disease. Our cardiac testing services are performed by board-certified cardiac specialists and technologists. Results are read by the Cardiologists from New England Heart Institute.
Derry Imaging is accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL) in recognition of its commitment to high quality patient care and its provision of quality diagnostic testing through echocardiography.
What is an Echocardiogram?
An Echocardiogram is a non-invasive test using ultrasound or sound waves to produce an image of the structures of the heart. To produce this image, a technician applies gel to the chest wall. A wand-like transducer is then moved across the chest creating two-dimensional images of the heart muscle and valves. This test evaluates the size, pumping strength, and function of the heart muscle and valves.
What is an Exercise Tolerance Test (Stress Test)?
A Stress Test is a diagnostic study to evaluate cardiac function during exercise—usually on a treadmill. This test is often done to diagnose the presence of coronary artery disease, to obtain prognostic information in patients with known coronary artery disease, or to adjust medical therapy in patients with known heart artery disease.
What is an Exercise Stress Echocardiogram?
An Exercise Stress Echo is a test that combines both an ultrasound study of the heart (Echocardiogram) and an exercise stress test. This test helps to identify areas of diminished blood flow to the heart muscle, or blockages in the coronary arteries.
What is a Cardiac PET/CT scan?
This advanced diagnostic tool is the preferred first-line non-invasive test for patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease who meet the criteria for a stress imaging test. Cardiac PET imaging is increasingly used because of its speed, accuracy, and low radiation exposure. Learn more about our Cardiac PET/CT capabilities and what to expect during this exam.
What is Nuclear Cardiac Testing (Derry location only)
Your doctor may order a Nuclear stress test if a routine stress test didn’t clearly identify the cause of symptoms or wants to confirm you have heart disease. It is also used to look for heart damage, help guide your treatment, or track the progress of your condition. The nuclear test is an imaging method that uses a radioactive tracer to show how well blood flows into the heart muscle, both at rest and during activity or if this is not possible, by using medication to increase the blood flow to the heart.
How to Prepare:
Results will be sent to your doctor who ordered the test usually within in 5 business days. Your doctors office will review these results with you according to their office protocol.
For questions or information on our cardiology testing services, call (603) 537-1363.