Evaluation and Imaging Expertise
The Valvular Heart Disease Program has the latest imaging technology needed to accurately diagnose and evaluate all types of valvular disease. It’s the first step in our continuous spectrum of care. Our specialists can also offer a second opinion if you have concerns about your current diagnosis and treatment options.
Our echocardiography laboratory has been accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL), a national accreditation agency that requires rigorous standards for performance and interpretation of echocardiograms. Our exceptional sonographers are specifically trained to image for valve diseases. They take extra steps to evaluate the severity of the valvular disease and produce a more detailed evaluation.
Advanced Imaging TechnologyOur advanced imaging technology includes:
- Echocardiography – An echocardiogram, or “echo,” uses ultrasound technology to take images of your beating heart. An echocardiogram provides valuable information about your heart and how blood flows through it. Other types of echocardiography include:
- Transthoracic Echocardiography (TTE)
- Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE)
- Intracardiac Echocardiography (ICE)
- 3-D Echocardiography
- Strain Echocardiography
- Stress Echo/Doppler Exams – We perform stress echo testing specifically for evaluating valvular disease. An echocardiogram is done before, during, and sometimes after the heart is stressed, usually through exercise. The Doppler exam, which creates black and white or color images of the heart in motion, uses sounds waves to measure the direction, amount and speed of your heart’s blood flow.
Other diagnostic tests may be used in evaluating and diagnosing valve disease, including:
Author: Joan Cotter Pike
Date: April 30, 2012
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