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Omaha Vets Medical Center First in VA to offer Cardiac MRI Tests

Veterans benefit from enhanced, robust image of disease in heart

Imaging experts at the Omaha Veterans Affairs Medical Center are the first in the Department of Veterans Affairs to perform Cardiac Adenosine Magnetic Resonance Imaging Stress (CAMS) Tests.



The procedure provides an enhanced and more robust image of cardiac diseases and pathology not previously seen by echo or other imaging tests. This process provides a full view of the heart with the capability of imaging real-time blood flow through the valves of the heart.

This enhanced imaging provides physicians the ability to view the entire heart, versus the echo procedure, which provided a limited view of the heart. The CAMS test enables providers to have a better view of turbulence in the chambers of the heart to assess possible damage.

Consequently, CAMS testing gives insight to disease processes that may not have been previously seen through other imaging processes.

The CAMS testing is another benefit of the new 1.5 Tesla MRI machine that the Omaha VA Medical Center installed and opened in February 2009. It was another first by providing the “Ambient Experience,” which is an integrated experience of sight and sound that has proved to provide patients a calming effect when they have an MRI procedure performed.

Since no other VA medical centers were performing the CAMS testing, the imaging department at the Omaha VA Medical Center is also a benchmark for cardiac imaging within the VA. As other VA medical center imaging departments pursue the CAMS testing, they are adopting templates and protocols that were developed at the Omaha VA Medical Center.

The VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System proudly serves more than 167,660 veterans in Nebraska, western Iowa and portions of Kansas and Missouri. Omaha’s medical center is an inpatient facility and also a large outpatient clinic for primary and specialty care. The Community Living Center is in Grand Island. There are community-based outpatient clinics in Lincoln, Grand Island, North Platte, Holdrege, Norfolk, Bellevue and Shenandoah, Iowa. For more information, visit http://www.nebraska.va.gov.

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