The diagnosis of the disease is a determining factor in the medical act. The experience and skill of the clinical physician are essential for an adequate orientation of each case , but complementary tests are often required to con fi rm or rule out a diagnostic suspicion and, if necessary, to specify the characteristics of the process and its prognosis.
Cardiology is a specialty that has traditionally been well endowed with diagnostic tests. Over the last decade, however, it has been enriched by the incorporation of new techniques that surpass the conventional methods of studying heart disease in precision.. We are talking about Magnetic Resonance (MRI) and Computed Tomography (CT).
Indeed, the Cardio-RM and the Cardio-TC have demonstrated their advantages in a short space of time. Although they are explorations that require an environment of high technological level, so that the centers in conditions to carry them out are still limited, the truth is that today they are recommended in all clinical practice guidelines of scientific societies, each with its indications. Its contribution to the study of ischemic heart disease, the main concern of modern Cardiology, is noteworthy, and both are complementary, reporting on the existence of coronary arterial lesions on the one hand (Cardio-CT), as well as on its impact on the Structure or function of the heart (Cardio-RM).
The experience accumulated with these techniques shows that they allow going beyond the simple diagnosis of a process , adding prognostic information and, consequently, orienting towards the establishment of the most effective treatment.. Obviously, and no matter how developed the diagnostic methods are, the medical process must remain focused on the specialist physician, who will indicate each test according to the clinical orientation and assess its results.
Our group Cardiodiagnosis, formed in 2005 on the basis of extensive clinical experience and imaging techniques , is led by cardiologists, but incorporates specialists from various fields, such as Radiology, and offers assistance in the diagnostic process of cardiovascular diseases in basis for the appropriate use of advanced diagnostic imaging techniques in Cardiology. Cardiodiagnosis has as center of reference the Creu Blanca Clinic of Barcelona, a center of state-of-the-art technology for the diagnosis by image, where it is had equipment of CT of multiple detectors of last generation, as well as of MRI of diverse powers of field (1, 5 and 3 Tesla). The double condition of specialists in Cardiology and experts in Cardiac Imaging of the members of the group allows a personalized diagnostic approach with the guarantee of the precise information provided by the imaging techniques. The activity of the Cardiodiagnosis group is not limited to assistance, since it is committed to the training of new specialists in advanced Cardiac Imaging techniques, for which it has been organizing a Master's degree from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona for 3 years. teaches jointly at the Creu Blanca Clinic and the Hospital of Santa Creu i Sant Pau, where the group's management is also in charge of the Cardiac Imaging Unit.
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