The Beaumont Children's Pediatric Subspecialty Clinic has added two new, state-of-the-art echocardiography
machines, including 3-D echocardiogram technology. This will complement
its digital lab and improve its ability to accommodate more families
and their children for fast and convenient appointments.
The pediatric echocardiography
test takes about 45 to 60 minutes; because of Beaumont's move to
electronic medical records, the results are available to the referring
physician by the next day.
"No parent wants to wait for a heart evaluation if he
finds out his child has a heart condition," says Nancy Cutler, M.D.,
director of the Pediatric Echocardiogram Laboratories at Beaumont, Royal
Oak. "This expansion and equipment upgrade offers our patients the
newest and most advanced technology."
Pediatric echocardiogram tests are painless and use
sound waves to produce images of the heart that can identify even the
most complex heart abnormalities.
Medication for sedation is not necessary since the test
is performed in a kid-friendly atmosphere designed exclusively for
children to keep them amused and calm.
There are three pediatric cardiologists and two echo
technicians in the subspecialty clinic. The clinic has been open for
more than 20 years. It recorded 2,559 patient visits and staff performed
3,393 echocardiograms in 2008.
Beaumont Children's is a member of the
Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography
Laboratories. Children's Miracle Network Hospitals provided funding for the