Desert Imaging


A stress test helps determine if chest pain or other symptoms a patient is feeling are related to heart disease. It utilizes an echocardiogram, also known as a stress echo or SE. This ultrasound imaging of the heart is used to assess the heart wall motion in response to physical stress. First, images of the heart are taken "at rest" to acquire a baseline of the patient's heart wall motion at a resting heart rate. The patient then walks on a treadmill or utilizes another exercise modality to increase the heart rate to his or her target heart rate. Finally, images of the heart are taken "at stress" to assess heart wall motion at the peak heart rate. A stress echo assesses wall motion of the heart; it does not, however, image the coronary arteries directly.

stress test


An echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart and is referred to as an echo. It can utilize 2D, 3D, and Doppler to create images of the heart. It is used to diagnose, manage, and follow up patients suspected or having problems with their heart.



An EKG is an electrocardiogram. It looks at the electrical activity of the heart using electrodes placed on the patient’s body.

Nuclear Cardiology

During a nuclear cardiology test, a very small amount of radioactive tracer (radionuclide) is injected into a vein and is taken up by the heart. A very sensitive gamma camera then takes still pictures and movies of the heart with rest, exercise, or medication-induced stress testing.

Nuclear Radiology

Calcium Scoring

Coronary calcium scoring is also called cardiac calcium scan. The coronary arteries supply blood to the heart. Normally, the coronary arteries do not contain calcium. Calcium in the coronary arteries may be a sign of coronary artery disease. This study is done with the 64 slice CT scan.


64 Slice CT of the Heart

The 64-slice CT scan provides dramatic detailed images of your coronary arteries and heart in just minutes, and without requiring an invasive and expensive hospital-based cardiac catheterization. Ground-breaking advances in heart imaging technology are now within reach, making possible early and rapid diagnosis of heart disease.