MUSC Heart & Vascular Center

Heart and Vascular Center

State of the art for the state of your heart

The MUSC Heart & Vascular Center deploys some of the most advanced diagnostic and therapeutic technologies in existence, including state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization laboratories, and South Carolina's only integrated cardiac imaging and interventional radiology center.

A prime example of leading technology is Flash CT, which scans the heart in half of a heartbeat (250–270 milliseconds). The device's lightning speed and other advanced features result in far less radiation exposure than any other CT scanner. Flash CT can be used as an alternative to catheterization in low-risk patients to rule out heart disease as a cause of chest pain.

The center also features an advanced 3-D angiography system and high-speed cardiac MRI. We also have a magnetic navigational catheterization system, which allows for the examination and treatment of blood vessels and arteries that previously could not have been reached.

MUSC’s cardiac imaging and interventional radiology center, a central feature of the MUSC Heart & Vascular Center, has a breadth of technologies that is second to none.

The MUSC Heart & Vascular Center is one of the first cardiac imaging facilities in the Southeast and one of few in the country that combines state-of-the-art cardiology with interventional radiology in contiguous areas. The centralized care of the heart and vascular system streamlines the process, allowing patients to be registered, evaluated and treated, all without leaving the center.

The system acts as an extension of the patient care team, guiding each task — from medications, lab results and treatment protocols to image data, physiological waveforms and documentation. The technology allows specialists to view images generated from multiple imaging systems concurrently. As a result, comprehensive patient information is always available to the team. This can reduce the number of interventional procedures a patient receives.

Dr. Schoepf discusses the Flash CT Scanner:


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