Cardiovascular Imaging Services

UAB Cardiovascular Imaging Services uses the latest three-dimensional (3D) technology to obtain images of the heart and the vascular system (arteries and veins). This technology is non-invasive, meaning that it doesn’t require incisions or inserting instruments inside the body. The resulting images allow physicians to evaluate the function of the heart and vascular system and develop a medical and/or surgical treatment plan for coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, rhythm disturbances, diseased valves, and other heart and vascular conditions.

The types of cardiovascular imaging we provide are grouped into three general areas:

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which produces images using a large magnet and radio waves.
  • Echocardiogram (Echo) and electrocardiograph (ECG), which produce images using sound waves.
  • Nuclear cardiology, which produces images by detecting radiation from different parts of the body after a radioactive “tracer” is given to the patient.

All three types of imaging are commonly used, and each offers various advantages depending on your particular case. Advanced post-processing technology allows the images to be shown in three and four dimensions, which allows physicians to make the most accurate diagnosis and treat conditions more effectively.


UAB Cardiovascular Imaging Services is committed to providing service in ways that promote mutual trust and patient confidence. All of our sonographers (imaging technicians) are both certified in their field of practice and registered, and the entire staff is committed to doing right the first time, owning our actions, always caring, and working as a team. These core values are part of the UAB Medicine culture and contribute to our commitment to sustaining the highest ethical standards of care. We integrate each of these values into patient care, teaching, research, business practices, and all other aspects of delivering top-notch service. Ethical conduct is the most basic expectation for every member of the UAB Medicine community.

UAB Medicine provides expert, personalized primary cardiology services from our general cardiology clinics at UAB Hospital, UAB Hospital-Highlands, The Kirklin Clinic of UAB Hospital, and The Kirklin Clinic at Acton Road, our suburban outpatient center just off of Interstate 459 in the Altadena community. Our team of cardiologists and highly trained imaging specialists provide the highest level of evidence-based care and friendly, personalized service that is backed by UAB Medicine’s sophisticated facilities and equipment.