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Department of Medicine - Section of Cardiology

Clinical Programs

 

Non-Invasive Diagnostics

Echocardiography

Nuclear Imaging

 

With one of the most active diagnostics departments in the region, our goal is to provide the right patient with the right test at the right time, ultimately leading to the best clinical care.  At Temple, we see the collaborative opportunities between imaging modalities and cardiology to be a vital piece of caring for an individual patient.  Our specialty and subspecialty professionals work closely together in a fully integrated system of patient evaluation and treatment.

 

 

Echocardiography

 

Each year, our fellows and technicians perform and evaluate over 10,000 echocardiograms covering the full range of common though complex heart problems, including:

  • Coronary heart disease
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Valvular heart disease
  • Adult congenital heart disease
  • Diseases of the aorta

A cardiologist is personally involved with the diagnosis and treatment plan for each patient, attending each test and working closely with our hospital surgeons to help guide patients through surgery and follow-up care  This continuity of care for patients ultimately leads to better patient outcomes.

 

We are fully staffed with full-time, certified technicians, the majority of whom have earned additional certification by the American Society of Echocardiology.  We work in state-of-the-art facilities with the most modern equipment, including one of the only 3-D echocardiograms in the region.  This technology provides unparalleled accuracy, and we continue to expand its functionality by performing research to set the standards for its use in LVEF and other areas.

 

Computerized data of all reports completed since 1989 are available for our entire cardiology network to access instantaneously.  As the first hospital in the area to implement such a system, our ability to compare a patient's images over time affords us tremendous advantages in their accurate diagnosis and treatment.

 

Customer service is a priority at Temple.  We ensure that  patients are seen quickly and diagnosed appropriately, and that all referring physicians are informed expediently.  Detailed reports are generated the same day tests are run, and available to referring physicians by 6 p.m.  Our scheduling center easily accommodates patient appointments, and we have a dedicated lab that can see patients within 24 hours whenever necessary.

 

Contact:  215-707-3856

 

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Nuclear Imaging

 

 

Nuclear cardiac imaging provides one of the most effective means of diagnosing and guiding treatment of coronary artery disease.  Our program consists of a multidisciplinary team of healthcare providers who work seamlessly with the various specialists and surgeons across our hospital to treat patients in all stages of cardiovascular disease.

 

We perform stress and resting nuclear imaging for evaluation of coronary blood flow, myocardial function, and myocardial viability in patients with coronary artery disease and other cardiac conditions.  Thallium and Tc-99m sestamibi are used to provide a view of the blood flow into the  heart muscle.

 

The recent addition of our third Gamma camera expands our ability to expediently meet patients' needs.   Our lab is completely digital, delivering precise images while speeding processing and physician communication.  Nuclear imaging, including myocardial perfusion imaging and cardiac function imaging, provides quantitative data concerning right and left ventricular function and regional myocardial perfusion.

 

Following a long tradition of pioneering new advances in cardiology, the Nuclear Imaging Department is actively developing two new areas of imaging.  Cardiac MR is non-invasive angiography of coronaries with similar resolution to traditional catheterization.  It will minimize the number of patients needing to go to the cath lab just for diagnosis.  Cardiac CT provides real-time imaging of the heart with the resolution of MR at the speed of ultrasound without the need for breath holding or ECG gating.

 

Cardiac MR and Cardiac CT represent cutting-edge technology being added to our armamentarium that will allow for stronger diagnostic capability and risk stratification by our physicians and fewer invasive surgeries for our patients.

 

Contact:  215-707-3856

 

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