Subspecialty Clinic Expands Children's Heart Imaging
The Beaumont Children's Hospital Pediatric Subspecialty Clinic has added two new, state-of-the art echo machines, including 3-D echocardiogram technology. This will complement its digital lab and improve its ability to accommodate more families and their children for fast and convenient appointments.
The test takes about 45-60 minutes and because of Beaumont's move to electronic medical records, the results are available to the referring physician by the next day.
"No parent wants to wait for a heart evaluation if he finds out his child has a heart condition," says Nancy Cutler, M.D., Director of the Pediatric Echocardiogram Laboratories at Beaumont, Royal Oak. "This expansion and equipment upgrade offers our patients the newest and most advanced technology."
Pediatric echocardiogram tests are painless and use sound waves to produce images of the heart that can identify even the most complex heart abnormalities. Medication for sedation is not necessary since the test is performed in a kid-friendly atmosphere designed exclusively for children to keep them amused and calm.
There are three pediatric cardiologists and two echo technicians in the subspecialty clinic. The clinic has been open for more than 20 years. It recorded 2,559 patient visits and staff performed 3,393 echocardiograms in 2008.
Beaumont Children's Hospital is a member of the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories. The Children's Miracle Network provided funding for the new equipment. Beaumont is the only CMN affiliated hospital in southeast Michigan.
Beaumont's Pediatric Subspecialty Clinic provides pediatric services in gastroenterology, infectious diseases, genetics, endocrinology, pulmonary and cardiology.
In 2008, the Beaumont Hospitals in Royal Oak, Troy and Grosse Pointe delivered 10,054 babies, had 3,335 pediatric inpatient admissions (under age 17, excluding newborns), performed 6,304 pediatric surgeries and logged nearly 35,000 pediatric Emergency Center visits (under age 17) and more than 107,600 pediatric outpatient visits at its hospitals and ambulatory locations.
Beaumont is an associate member of the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions. Beaumont joined NACHRI in 2008 as a hospital that offers a full range of children's specialty services in a non-freestanding location inside a general hospital complex.
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