Renowned radiologists and cardiologists in Jefferson's noninvasive cardiovascular diagnostic testing laboratories use the latest ultrasound technology while performing an echocardiogram to assess your heart's ability to pump, as well as identify abnormalities with your heart muscle and valves.
Depending on the information being sought, your physician may perform a number of specialized imaging procedures such as Doppler echocardiography and exercise echocardiogram. Your physician will use the results of your test to assess your heart health and recommend a personalized treatment plan if necessary.
In order to diagnose coronary artery disease, a stress echocardiogram — also called an exercise echocardiogram — is performed. While you're lying down, a microphone-like device is held against your chest to analyze different structures of the heart. A second echocardiogram is obtained while you exercise on a treadmill. The images of the heart at rest and during exercise are then compared.
3-D Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE)
An emerging technology that is available at Jefferson is 3-D transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). This nonsurgical-modified endoscope enables our cardiologists and surgeons to see vivid, 3-D images of the heart valves, walls and chambers.
Because the esophagus is close to the atrium, it is possible to use a higher frequency probe (7 megahertz), which provides a clarity and resolution of images not possible with regular echocardiography. Imaging planes previously unavailable using any other modality are now accessible for study.
Speckle Tracking for Pacemaker Resynchronization
A new echocardiography technique available at Jefferson is speckle tracking for wall stress and strain analysis and guidance of pacemaker resynchronization of the heart in cardiomyopathy.