Cardiac Imaging for Children

Our specialized team of imaging experts at the Pediatric and Congenital Cardiac Imaging Program uses the latest medical technology to get a glimpse into the smallest hearts, providing images that help doctors diagnose and treat congenital heart defects both before and after birth.

Surgeons, cardiologists, and cardiac radiologists from the Pediatric Congenital Heart Program work together to decide on the best form of imaging for each child. We use this information in the diagnosis and treatment of all types of heart disease in children, from common conditions to rare diagnoses.

Imaging for Pediatric Congenital Heart Disease

Our imaging results provide the information your child’s doctor needs to evaluate the complex anatomy of the heart. We limit your child’s radiation exposure during these tests as much as possible.

Our doctors, part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, offer all methods of modern cardiac imaging, including the following:

  • transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE), the most common form, which is performed by moving a transducer across your child’s chest to create a two- or three-dimensional (2D or 3D) picture of the beating heart
  • transesophageal echocardiogram, in which a small probe with a camera at the end is moved down the throat and used to create clearer images of the heart
  • fetal echocardiography, which is performed by moving a transducer on a pregnant woman’s abdomen to create a 2D or 3D picture of the beating heart in the womb
  • CT scan, in which X-ray technology creates 3D cross-sectional images of the heart
  • MRI scan, in which a magnetic field, radio frequency pulses, and a computer are used to produce 2D or 3D pictures of the heart
  • 3D modeling, including three-dimensional printing

We perform more than 7,500 ultrasound imaging studies each year, including more than 2,000 fetal and 300 transesophageal studies. We also perform more than 350 advanced cardiac MRI and CT angiography scans each year for children and adults with congenital heart disease.

Three-Dimensional Cardiac Modeling

We are pioneers in the use of 3D printing in managing congenital heart disease in children. Using advanced imaging technology, our pediatric cardiologist creates a printed model of your child’s heart. These physical models allow the medical team to provide personalized care based on our understanding of your child’s unique anatomy.

Over the last 5 years, we have created more than 40 printed heart models and more than 50 virtual 3D heart models. Using this information, we seamlessly collaborate on the best surgical strategy for your child.

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Our pediatric echocardiography laboratory is accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC), which evaluates and ensures the highest standards in imaging. Our doctors also conduct scientific research on the development and optimization of advanced MRI techniques, and on reducing the dose of ionizing radiation for children.

Imaging services for children are available at locations in Manhattan and Long Island. Please call 212-263-8868 or request an appointment.