The Vivid E9 echocardiography scanner gives clinicians a 4D, full-volume view of a patient's heart along with the ability to take specialized measurements of the heart's functions.
An echocardiogram, also known as a cardiac ultrasound, is a sonogram of the heart. The scanner is considered "4D" because the physician can view a three-dimensional (3D) picture of a beating heart, with time adding a fourth dimension.
"The physicians at St. Vincent Clay Hospital have a new tool to help them diagnose cardiovascular disease for their patients," Barb Duncan, RN, RDCS, Cardiopulmonary, said. "The advanced features of the Vivid E9 could shorten exam time and increase the diagnostic information obtained from each patient. In some cases, we can gather a tremendous amount of data in one, single heartbeat."
With the new equipment, St. Vincent Clay Hospital will bring increased benefits to area residents by offering physicians the ability to detect and diagnose subtle heart conditions. The increased capabilities of the Vivid E9 can help physicians better diagnose and treat their cardiovascular patients.
The Vivid E9 uses advanced echocardiography techniques, allowing physicians to capture images of the heart from multiple viewing angles simultaneously. Acquiring multiple images from the same heartbeat without moving the probe results in accurate cardiovascular information in fewer, faster steps.
The addition of the Vivid E9 allows St. Vincent Clay Hospital to perform a number of enhanced clinical tests, including:
* 4D imaging -- A "beating heart" display of 3D images of the heart provides advanced information on heart structure and added insight into how well the heart is doing its job,
* 4D measurement tools -- the new technology provides the ability to take measurements on the full volume of the heart; 3D pictures enhance the clinician's ability to understand how well the heart muscle is pumping blood to the body,
* Measuring Heart Synchronization -- Measurements can be made to understand if the heart is pumping with the correct rhythm. This information is important in understanding heart function and is useful when patients are being evaluated for pacemaker surgery, and
* Detecting heart wall abnormalities -- Proper motion of the heart wall is an important indicator of heart function and the Vivid E9 incorporates special tools for the clinician to "grade" a patient's heart wall motion, providing guidance in treatment and follow-up care with the patient.