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Atrium Medical Center Earns Echocardiography Accreditation

Middletown, Ohio, October 14, 2010—For the third consecutive time, Atrium Medical Center’s Echocardiography Department has earned a three-year accreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL) for transthoracic echocardiography. The department also earned a new three-year accreditation for transesophageal echocardiography. Accreditation status signifies that Atrium’s Echocardiography Department has been reviewed and recognized for its commitment to high quality patient care and its provision of quality diagnostic testing.

A transthroacic echocardiogram, or cardiac ultrasound, is a standard echocardiogram that uses a transducer (or probe) on the chest to see images. Transesophageal echocardiograms involve the use of a specialized probe containing an ultrasound transducer at its tip that is passed into the patient’s esophagus to obtain images. By studying cardiac flow and structure, echocardiographic testing is useful in the detection and management of many types of heart disease. This noninvasive test has become one of the standard diagnostic tools in cardiology.

Echocardiography is a complex imaging technique that relies on the experience and training of both the physician and sonographer. Their interpretive and technical abilities determine the diagnostic accuracy of an echocardiographic examination. The ICAEL evaluated the quality of these and other critical elements of Atrium Medical Center’s Echocardiography Department before granting accreditation.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and one American dies every 32 seconds of cardiovascular disease or disorders of the heart and blood vessels. Each year, approximately 10 million echocardiograms are performed in the United States.

For more information about Heart Care services at Atrium Medical Center, please visit us online.