The cardiac ultrasound laboratories operated through Shore Health System’s Department of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Services have been granted re-accreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories. Based at the Memorial Hospital at Easton and Dorchester General Hospital, the cardiac ultrasound laboratories were among the first one thousand hospital-based echocardiography laboratories in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico to be so recognized for commitment to providing quality patient care and diagnostic testing.
Echocardiographic testing, also referred to as cardiac ultrasound or 2-D echo cardiogram, is useful in the detection and management of many types of heart disease. This non-invasive test has become one of the standard diagnostic tools in cardiology with an estimated 10 million echocardiograms performed annually in the US. Shore Health System performs over 8,000 cardiac ultrasounds a year for cardiologists and other physicians who need an accurate view of the heart and its valves, blood flow, and pumping function to diagnosis and treat a variety of heart conditions.
“Patients can be confident that Shore Health’s cardiology team is committed to maintaining the highest quality in cardiac studies,” says Bruce Helmly, MD, Medical Director for Shore Health’s cardiac ultrasound service. “We are very proud of all of the resources we have, including skilled staff and the latest technology, to assure that our patients get exceptional cardiac care.”
Echocardiography is a complex imaging technique that relies on the experience and training of the technologists who conduct the testing under the direction of a cardiologist. Also known as cardiac sonographers, the technologists use their technical abilities and clinical expertise to help the diagnostic accuracy of a cardiac ultrasound examination.
Gary Jones, FACCA, Director of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Services said, “All of our skilled technologists do an excellent job; however I want to recognize the efforts of one of our cardiac ultrasound technologists, Melissa Svehla, BS, RDCS, RVT. She was responsible for assembling the very detailed information required for obtaining reaccreditation.”
In order to maintain its accreditation in cardiac ultrasound, the lab must show that it is meeting a number of criteria, including studies that have been evaluated for their technical proficiency as well as quality of interpretation; evidence of regular case reviews and a representation of the different types of ultrasound studies that have been done; and credentialing of the ultrasound technologists, interpreting physicians and the medical director of the lab.
In photo: Cilica Nita, MA, RDCS, Cardiac & Vascular Sonographer; Melissa Svehla, BS, RDCS, RVT, Technical Director; Amanda Helgason, BS, RDCS, Cardiac & Vascular Sonographer; and Bruce Helmly, MD, Medical Director for Cardiology. (CardiacUltrasoundAccred1211.jpg)