We designed our echocardiogram laboratory with families in mind. An echocardiogram is a test that uses sound waves to measure heart activity, and is used to diagnose various heart conditions such as arrhythmia, structural problems of the heart, and congenital heart disease. We realize medical tests, even routine ones, might make children anxious. Each of our state-of-the-art imaging suites is equipped with a television and DVD player to make children more comfortable during their evaluation.
Our highly experienced staff performs more than 3,500 echocardiograms per year, including transthoracic, transesophageal, three-dimensional, and intracardiac approaches. We also offer noninvasive assessments of cardiac anatomy and physiology. The results from our studies play a vital role in planning for surgery, assessment before and during surgery, as well as in the Interventional Cardiac Catheterization Program.
The Yale Fetal Cardiovascular Center was one of the first centers of its kind. Each year, we perform more than 1,000 fetal echocardiograms in women whose pregnancy may be affected by congenital heart disease or arrhythmia. The center provides a multidisciplinary approach to comprehensive care with physicians from maternal-fetal medicine, pediatric cardiology, and perinatal medicine, as well as genetic counselors.