Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Coronary Computed Tomography Angiogram and Stress Testing

Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) - a safe, noninvasive test that creates detailed pictures of your organs and tissues. MRI uses radio waves, magnets, and a computer to create pictures of your organs and tissues. Creates both still and moving pictures of your heart and major blood vessels. Doctors use cardiac MRI to get pictures of the beating heart and to look at its structure and function. These images can help them decide the best way to treat individuals who have heart problems.

Coronary computed tomography angiogram (CTA) - A CTA is a heart imaging test that helps a doctor determine if fatty deposits of calcium deposits have built up in the coronary arteries, which supply blood flow to the heart. The computed tomography (CT) scanner will scan the entire heart during 10 heartbeats.

Stress test- the excellent contrast provided by the true imaging sequence allows excellent visualization of heart muscle wall motion before, during, and after physical (walking on a treadmill or riding a bike) or pharmacological (medication to simulate exercise) stress testing. For this exam, there are several areas of the heart that are imaged by skilled sonographers. Following exercise, you will undergo more imaging and the pictures at rest are compared side by side to the pictures while your heart is pumping hard “stress” by a skilled cardiologist. This test is excellent for detecting large blockages inside of the heart arteries that may be causing symptoms of shortness of breath, chest neck or back pain, palpitations, lightheadedness, or fatigue.

Hours and Locations:
The Department of Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics in La Crosse is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cardiopulmonary Diagnostic services are offered at the Onalaska Clinic Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The department is located on the east side of the first floor of the clinic.

Information and Appointments 
Please call 608-392-6474.