Detailed Diagnostic Test Descriptions

You may have any number of the following tests scheduled in order to gather information regarding your diagnosis.

CT Scan of Chest and Abdomen

A large series of two-dimensional X-ray images will be taken and manipulated to produce images of the internal makeup of your body.  The images may also be used to produce a three-dimensional representation of structures.  This method is used to visualize the aorta and to take measurements of its diameter in order to follow growth of an aneurysm.  You will go to Diagnostic Imaging to have a CT Scan.

CTA of Coronary Arteries

This medical imagine technique uses X-ray pictures to visualize the opening of blood filled structures such as arteries, veins, and heart chambers.  This is a non-invasive method for diagnosing coronary artery disease.  You will go to Diagnostic Imaging to have a CTA of the Coronary Arteries.

Cardiac Catheterization

This minimally invasive technique involves the insertion of a catheter into a vessel of the groin, elbow, or neck to be guided to the heart in order to confirm the presence of heart disease and quantify its severity before deciding on a treatment option (i.e. angioplasty or surgery).  You will go to the Cath lab to have a Cardiac Catheterization.

Carotid Ultrasound

This test will take measurements of the arterial wall thickening and blood flow.  This is a noninvasive procedure that uses ultrasonic scanning to visualize the arteries.  A transducer will be moved over the skin of your neck to produce the images. You will go to Diagnostic Imaging to have a Carotid Ultrasound.

Transthoracic Echo

This exam involves movement of a transducer over the skin of your chest area.  The transducer sends sound waves to the heart and produces images of the front and sides of the heart.  Transthoracic Echo is a noninvasive procedure and will be performed in Diagnostic Imaging.

Electrocardiogram (EKG)

An EKG records the electrical activity of the heart over time.  Analysis of the graph is used for detection of cardiac arrhythmias, myocardial infarction, and conduction abnormalities.  A number of leads will be placed on your skin to detect and record the electrical signals.  EKGs are performed in Preadmission Testing.

Questions

Please direct any questions about our clinical services or required diagnostic tests to:

Lorena Capone, Clinical Assistant
Email: lorena.capone@yale.edu
Phone Number: (203) 785-2705
Office Address:     333 Cedar Street, 121 FMB, P.O. Box 208039, New Haven, CT 06520
Office Hours: Monday-Friday: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm