Heart Disease Detection

Echocardiography

Lexington Medical Center is accredited in the area of adult stress and adult transthoracicechocardiography by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL). Lexington Medical Center's echocardiography lab was one of the first in the state to earn accreditation and has maintained its status for three consecutive terms.

The ICAEL accreditation means that Lexington Medical Center has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The ICAEL grants accreditation only to those facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process including detailed case study review.

Accreditation is a seal of approval from the ICAEL that patients can rely on as an indication that our facility has been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations considered relevant by medical experts in echocardiography. Patients undergoing echocardiography exams here can be assured that they are receiving exceptional care provided by a highly skilled staff.

Echocardiography is used in the early detection of life-threatening heart disorders and other diseases. It enables physicians to view the heart valve structure, heart wall function and measures blood flow through the heart. Cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death in the United States. On average,one American dies every 38 seconds of cardiovascular disease-disorders of the heart and blood vessels.

Early detection is the key, and echocardiography is crucial to finding heart disorders early. There are many facets that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on the echocardiography testing. The skill of the echocardiography sonographer performing the examination, the type of equipment used, the background and knowledge of the interpreting physician and quality assurance measures are each critical to quality testing.

The ICAEL closely monitors these factors, and Lexington Medical Center's accreditation validates that we meet or exceed standards in all of categories.

Transesophageal Echocardiogram

A Transesophageal Echocardiogram or TEE is a diagnostic test that allows your doctor to record images of your heart from inside your esophagus. Since the esophagus lies just behind the heart, TEE may produce clearer pictures of the heart than would standard echocardiography taken from outside the chest.

During TEE, harmless sound waves bounce (echo) off your heart.These sound waves create images of your heart as it pumps blood through the valves and chambers. A computerized ultrasound machine changes the sound waves into pictures on a video screen. You cannot hear or feel the sound waves. The recording shows the inside of your heart movement.

These images help your doctor identify and treat problems such as infection, disease, or defects in your heart's wall or valves.TEE is also very useful in evaluating patients who have had strokes.

Transesophageal Echocardiogram

A Transesophageal Echocardiogram orTEE is a diagnostic test that allows your doctor to record imagesof your heart from inside your esophagus. Since the esophagus liesjust behind the heart, TEE may produce clearer pictures of theheart than would standard echocardiography taken from outside thechest.