Valley View Cardiology has invested heavily in the IAC (Intersocietal Accreditation Commission) guidelines and accreditation, to provide the highest level of care for our patients. We are one of a few sites on the western slope to be accredited for Adult Transthoracic, Adult Transesophageal, and Adult Stress Echo. The IAC accreditation process requires the Echo Lab to follow a strict set of standards, which are continuously audited by the IAC for adherence. Our three sonographers have decades of experience in echocardiography, and participate in regular ongoing education — Lead Sonographer Heather Cleary has given lectures in the field based on her own expertise. Our lab uses state of the art techniques and equipment to provide the utmost in quality and thorough exams for patients often found in academic labs, rather than small community hospitals. Echo services are now available at our satellite locations of Rifle and Meeker.
Our Echo Lab provides cardiac ultrasound services based on IAC guidelines. We perform adult Transthoracic Echocardiograms (TTE), Stress Echocardiography including Dobutamine and Treadmill, and Transesophageal Echo (TEE) routinely. Other advanced cardiac testing includes 3D imaging in both Transthoracic and TEE procedures, strain imaging, use of echo contrast medium, and agitated saline studies.
Strain imaging evaluates early detection of cardiac toxicity resulting from therapies used to treat cancer patients. Strain imaging is more sensitive in detecting myocardial dysfunction and allows oncologists to manage heart disease risk factors in cancer patients. Strain imaging, also known as deformation imaging, is also used to quantify regional myocardial function and the effects of valvular heart disease.
3D/4D Full Volume Analysis:
Transthoracic and Transesophageal 3D Echocardiography is used as an advanced tool to analyze LV volume mass and function. 3D volume is helpful to compare with standard 2D Echo to improve upon evaluation of overall left ventricular function. 3D imaging is also a valuable tool to better evaluate the extent of valvular heart disease. 3D imaging allows the cardiologist to visualize the heart from any perspective. Cardiac surgeons value the information from 3D Echo concerning valvular disorders to better determine the extent of surgical intervention. 3D Echo can also be helpful in evaluating right heart function. We are the only lab on the western slope closely evaluating right heart function for those with right heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, and pulmonary disease.
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