Heart & Imaging Center opens in Colton

Heart & Imaging Center opens in Colton

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Heart & Imaging Center opens in Colton to offer advanced disease diagnosis and lower risk to cardiovascular patients

One of the most promising new disease detection technologies will open soon in the Inland Empire. On Wednesday, June 25, 2008, the division of cardiovascular medicine of Loma Linda University Medical Center hosted a ribbon -cutting ceremony for the new Heart & Imaging Center at 900 E. Washington Street in Colton, with the Center not officially open until after receiving final state approval in July.

The Center will provide state-of-the-art cardiac diagnostics within a provider-based clinical environment desgined to maximize the healthcare experience for patients. Advanced cardiac imaging diagnostics available at the Center include electrocardiography, stress testing, echocardiography, and 3T magnetic resonance imaging (3T MRI) for full body scanning and cardiac scanning. The 3T MRI device enables doctors to image difficult regions of the body in three dimensions with amazing clarity.

According to Padmini Varadarajan, MD, a cardiologist at the Heart & Imaging Center, 3T MRI images have much higher resolution than less advanced technologies and allow doctors to see into vital organs with greater precision. Doctor Varadarajan and her colleagues are "particularly proud of its pioneering program in high-field cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging. While most cardiac centers use lower-field imaging devices, our division has invested in high-field diagnostic studies." The advantage to the patient is that dangerous diseases can be diagnosed at much earlier stages than with other technologies. 

"CMR imaging is non-invasive and allows for evaluation of heart and vascular function using a single modality," Dr. Varadarajan reports. She also states that it does not involve some of the risks associated with ionizing radiation or x-ray dye, and that the new 3T MRI imaging "can be described as a 'one-stop shop' for the comprehensive analysis, including severity and prognosis, of virtually any form of cardiovascular disease."