An accurate assessment of a patient’s cardiac anatomy and function is paramount in deciding therapeutic options. Although 3D imaging is our next frontier, our noninvasive imaging modalities serve as the cornerstone for evaluating all patients.
Our Noninvasive Cardiac Imaging program includes accredited sonographers in pediatric and fetal imaging and state-of-the-art equipment. The imaging cardiologists have years of experience and/or specialized training in cardiac imaging. This affords us incredibly accurate and efficient evaluation of the often extremely complex cardiac anatomy. The detailed, noninvasive images of patient hearts are often all that’s needed to precisely map out the correct treatment strategies. Our staff also provides remote interpretation of echocardiograms for multiple hospitals all across the state of Illinois and in Escanaba, Michigan.
We pride ourselves on rapid turnaround times, with same-day interpretation on nearly every study.
We’ve been recognized by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) as one of only three centers in Illinois to qualify for accreditation in both pediatric and fetal echocardiography, a distinction we have maintained since 2009. If adjunct information is required, our cardiovascular CT and MRI laboratory features an advanced 1.5 Telsa scanner and a rapid sequence CT scanner.
Imaging children poses special challenges. It can be difficult for children to hold still for a detailed study to be completed. If an MRI is required, it can often be frightening for children, as they are confined to a tight space and must be still. At Children’s Hospital of Illinois, both a sedation service and pediatric anesthesiology are available to help minimize the anxiety in both the patient and family members, so studies can be done accurately and safely.
Welcome to the newsletter created just for you: sonographers who perform pediatric echocardiograms in primarily adult echo labs. Each issue features tips on echocardiography of congenital heart disease, short case reports, congenital heart center news, and information on upcoming educational programs.
We want you to be successful in performing studies even on newborns that may have critical heart disease. After all, prompt diagnosis and emergency treatment will yield the best outcome for our patients.
If you have any questions regarding necessary views or anatomy while doing an emergent echo, please call the Congenital Heart Center “on call” cardiologist. They will always be glad to speak with you. The “on call” cardiologist can be reached by calling 309.655.7257. For more general questions, please call one of the sonographers here at the Congenital Heart Center at 309.624.9436.
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