Echocardiography Laboratory

The Echocardiography Laboratory provides state-of-the-art echocardiographic studies for both inpatients and outpatients, including:

  • Transthoracic studies
  • Transesophageal echocardiograms
  • Exercise echocardiograms
  • Dobutamine stress echocardiograms

The laboratory is accredited in Adult Transthoracic, Adult Stress and Adult Tranesophageal Echocardiography by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL).

Echocardiography is a complex imaging technique that relies on the experience and training of both the physician and the sonographer. Their interpretive and technical abilities determine the diagnostic accuracy of an echocardiographic examination. ICAEL evaluates the quality of the interpretive and technical abilities of echocardiography laboratories. This voluntary accreditation shows the commitment of the Echocardiography Laboratory at Scott & White to provide high quality diagnostic evaluations and patient care.

What is Echocardiography and how is it used in patient care?

Echocardiography allows doctors to noninvasively assess the heart's anatomy and function and to obtain measures of the blood flow inside the heart. Echocardiography is the diagnostic test of choice for evaluating patients with heart valve disease.

Exercise and dobutamine echocardiography are extremely useful in evaluating patients with possible or known coronary artery disease. They are also used to evaluate patients before undergoing non-cardiac surgery.

Transesophageal echocardiography gives doctors an excellent look at all the structures of the heart and is important to the evaluation of patients after transient ischemic attacks (TIA) and stroke. Transesophageal echocardiography is also used during surgery to optimize the success of cardiac or non-cardiac surgery. Transesophageal echocardiography services are provided in conjunction with the Division of Anesthesia Services. Contrast echocardiography, which gives doctors a better look at endocardial borders, is routinely used.

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Allan L. Anderson
Steven M. Costa
John P. Erwin