Pediatric Echocardiography Lab Earns Accreditation for Highest Standards

August 27, 2014

IAC logo_v2Each year more than 35,000 babies in the United States are born with congenital heart defects, making itPeds echo IAC seal the most common type of birth defect. It is also the most critical, as congenital heart defects cause more deaths during the first year of life than any other birth defect. Over the past few decades, however, diagnosis and treatment has improved, allowing almost all affected children to not only grow into adulthood, but to thrive.

Among the advanced diagnostic tools available, a noninvasive ultrasound study called an echocardiogram is commonly used to evaluate heart structure and function. The skill of the 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 patient testing.

University of Maryland Children’s Heart Program has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in echocardiography in the areas of pediatric transthoracic, pediatric transesophageal, and fetal by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).

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