Cardiovascular Diagnostic Imaging - Seattle
The Cardiovascular Diagnostic Imaging Center at the Swedish Heart & Vascular Institute in Seattle, Wash., offers a wide variety of cardiac diagnostic imaging services, including:
- Echocardiograms, including 3D echocardiograms
- Nuclear medicine imaging
- Vascular imaging
- Holter monitoring
- Stress testing
The center was designed to provide patients and providers exceptional service – focusing on creating an efficient, comfortable and caring environment. This focus is respectful of our patients’ time and recognizes the importance of sharing test results with their doctors as quickly as possible.
The center is located near other Swedish cardiac services, which means it can be more responsive to urgent requests for same-day appointments. It also means our patients have access to all of the Heart & Vascular Institute’s clinical resources and expertise, should they need them.
Through advanced communication technology, we are able to communicate test results immediately through secure auto-faxing or e-mail, or the Swedish electronic medical record.
Appointments & Referrals
Call 206-320-3202 for information.
The Cardiovascular Diagnostic Imaging Center team has decades of experience – all focused on providing high quality test results that will give referring physicians a clearer picture of what is happening with their patients’ hearts. Our team includes:
- Nurse Practitioners
- Registered Nurses
- Cardiac sonographers
- Vascular sonographers
- Electrocardiogram (EKG) technologists
- Nuclear medicine technologists
- Holter Monitor specialists
- Administrative & support staff
All of these skilled health-care professionals have completed at least two to four years of training in their field of expertise.
A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse who has completed additional education and training (a master’s or doctoral degree). Nurse practitioners are licensed by the state of Washington to provide some of the same care that is provided by a physician, including prescribing medicine and treatments.
A registered nurse is a health-care professional who received a bachelor’s or associate degree in nursing. Registered nurses have been trained to observer, evaluate and assess patients, administer medication and treatments, and assist with diagnostic tests.
A cardiac sonographer has received training in the use of an ultrasound to view and create images of the chambers, vessels, valves and walls of the patient’s heart. The images are called echocardiograms. This is a noninvasive procedure because it does not require inserting anything into the heart. Our cardiac sonographers have additional training to be able to perform 3D echocardiograms.
Vascular technologists are trained to use ultrasound to listen to and evaluate blood flow, blood pressure, the level of oxygen in the blood and circulation in the patient’s veins and arteries. This is a noninvasive procedure because the vascular sonographer does not need to insert anything into the veins or arteries.
An electrocardiogram (EKG) technologist has received special training in how to perform an EKG. The technologist places electrodes at key places on the patient’s body. The electrodes are attached to a machine that is able to trace the electrical current transmitted by the heart. The technologist will review the quality of the recording and print a copy of the recording for a physician to interpret.
A nuclear medicine technologist has received specialized training to administer a dose of radioactive medication and to use a camera to follow the medication as it travels through the veins, arteries and heart while the patient is at rest or exercising. The technologist will create computer images for a physician to evaluate.
These specialists are EKG technologists who have received additional training. The specialist places the electrodes on the patient’s body in the same manner as for an EKG. The Holter monitor traces the electrical current transmitted by the heart over a longer period of time. The stress test traces the electrical current while the patient is walking on a treadmill. The specialist will review the quality of these recordings and print copies for a physician to interpret.
Our administrative and support staff ensure the center operates efficiently and our patients receive the tests their physicians have requested. They schedule appointments and are available to answer questions about insurance and billing.
Cardiovascular Diagnostic Imaging - Seattle550 17th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
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