Kansas City, Mo. – State-of-the-art digital 3-D echocardiogram technology will soon
be making it easier for physicians to diagnose cardiac conditions in patients
at the Carondelet Heart Institute at St. Joseph Medical Center.
Eight new GE Vivid E9 machines, which arrived at the Carondelet Heart Institute
on Monday, December 20, will replace the current system to provide digital
echocardiogram studies with significantly improved imaging quality. Three
of the machines also have 3-D capability, which is the newest echocardiogram
technology, revolutionizing evaluation of valvular structures and stress
tests. The Carondelet Heart Institute at St. Joseph is one of only a few
hospitals in the Kansas City area to offer the 3-D technology.
“Echocardiograms are the cornerstone for assessing cardiac conditions,
and the 3-D capability will allow us to conduct studies like never before,”
said Dan Sun, MD, Cardiologist with CHI. “Whereas in the past we
tended to have difficulties capturing the multiple views of the left ventricle
right after stress in order to diagnose coronary artery disease, with
the 3-D capability, we will be able to capture a single heart beat and
assess ventricle wall motions three dimensionally. This will significantly
improve study quality and accuracy. 3-D technology will also provide better
images for assessing valvular structures.” For more information
about the Carondelet Heart Institute at St. Joseph, call 816-943-2787.
St. Joseph Medical Center is an acute care facility of Carondelet Health
(CarondeletHealth.org) which also includes St. Mary’s Medical Center,
three long-term care facilities and home care services. Carondelet Health
is dedicated to the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. Our commitment to
human dignity compels us to provide compassionate, quality healthcare
for body, mind and spirit, with a special concern for the poor. We are
responsible stewards serving the needs of all people from conception to
death. Carondelet Health is a member of Ascension Health, the nation’s
largest Catholic and nonprofit health system.