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    The Miriam Hospital receives national accreditation for echocardiography laboratory

    The Miriam Hospital was recently accredited by the Intersocietel Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL). The Miriam's echocardiography laboratory is one of the first thousand facilities in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico to be recognized for its commitment to high quality patient care and diagnostic imaging.

    “Cardiovascular imaging, including echocardiography, has become a critical tool in the diagnosis of heart disease, the nation's leading cause of death,” says Kenneth Korr, MD, director of the division of cardiology at The Miriam Hospital. “We're pleased to be recognized for our expertise in this important clinical area and for the steadfast commitment of our entire team to providing top-notch testing services to our patients.”

    An echocardiogram, or sonogram of the heart, can help clinicians detect and manage many types of cardiovascular disease by allowing them to visualize heart structure and movement. Although this painless, noninvasive test has become a standard in cardiology, it is a complex imaging technique that relies on the experience and training of both the physician and the sonographer. Their interpretive and technical abilities determine the diagnostic accuracy of an echocardiographic examination.

    Approximately 4,800 echocardiograms are performed each year at The Miriam Hospital, with an estimated 10 million performed annually across the country.

    The ICAEL was established with the support of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE), the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the Society of Pediatric Echocardiography (SOPE) to provide a peer review mechanism and to encourage and recognize the provision of quality echocardiographic disagnosic evaluations by a process of voluntary accreditation.

    (Posted 03/16/09)

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