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Tests & Treatments

The following tests and treatments are some of the most common tests and treatments offered by specialists in this area. These specialists offer many other advanced tests and treatments for a wide range of medical problems. Please call (888) 352-RUSH (7874) if you have questions about specific tests or treatments not listed here.

  • Angiogram

    Angiogram is an X-ray exam of the blood vessels to diagnose blockages, narrowing or other blood vessel problems. Also referred to as angiography, this procedure uses a special dye (or contrast agent) to make the blood vessels visible.
  • Angioplasty is a minimally invasive procedure used to open a coronary (heart) artery that is completely or mostly clogged with deposits of fat and cholesterol called plaque.
  • Cardiac Catheterization

    Cardiac catheterization is a minimally invasive procedure in which a catheter is inserted into a blood vessel in the arm, groin or neck and threaded to the heart. It is used to diagnose and treat a variety of heart conditions, including coronary artery disease, heart attack, chest pain, defects, valve problems, infections and tumors, as well as measure blood flow and oxygen levels in different parts of the heart.
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG)

    Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) is an open surgical procedure used to improve blood flow to the heart in people with severe coronary artery disease. During CABG, a healthy artery or vein taken from another part of the body is connected to the blocked coronary artery to bypass the blockage, creating a new path for blood to flow to the heart muscle.  
  • Specialists at Rush offer a wide range of DNA testing, including tests for Down syndrome and cystic fibrosis as well as colon cancer and breast cancer.
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic procedure that uses a combination of large magnets, radiofrequencies and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body.
  • Positron Emission Tomography (PET)

    Positron emission tomography (PET) is a method doctors use to diagnose a variety of diseases, including several types of cancer. PET uses a small amount of a radioactive substance and a computer to create images of the inside of a patient’s body.
  • Stent Placement

    Stent placement is often done as part of an angioplasty procedure to widen and restore blood flow through blood vessels that have become narrowed, as well as to reduce the risk of brain and abdominal aortic aneurysms rupturing. A stent (a metal mesh or fabric tube) is used to prevent re-narrowing or reinforce a weak area in a blood vessel. After coil embolization to seal off a wide-necked aneurysm, a stent may be needed to create a barrier that keeps the coil in place.