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SBU Heart Institute's Echocardiography Laboratory Earns Three-Year Reaccreditation
Only Suffolk County laboratory accredited in all three areas of echocardiography
Accreditation by the IAC means that Stony Brook has undergone a thorough review of its operational, technical and interpretive components by a panel of experts. The IAC grants accreditation only to facilities that provide quality patient care, in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process, including detailed case study review.
“Stony Brook Heart Institute’s approval from the IAC is important because it lets patients know that when they have an echocardiogram performed at our institution, it will be of the highest standard,” said Smadar Kort, MD, FACC, FASE, Director, Noninvasive Cardiology, Cardiovascular Imaging and Echocardiography, and Director, Valve Center. “This distinction is a reflection of our entire team – cardiology attending physicians, sonographers, nurses and support staff – and their commitment to accuracy, quality and safety.”
Early detection of life-threatening heart disorders and other diseases is possible through the use of echocardiography testing, a complex imaging technique that relies on 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. The interpretive and technical abilities of both the physician and the sonographer determine the accuracy of an echocardiographic examination.
The Echocardiography Laboratory at Stony Brook provides comprehensive state-of-the-art diagnostic evaluation using transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiograms, as well as stress echocardiograms, and performs more than 12,700 noninvasive imaging studies each year. It is the only laboratory in Suffolk County and one of only 30 in New York State to achieve triple accreditation from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission in all three forms of adult echocardiography – transthoracic, tranesophageal and stress.
“When patients come to Stony Brook Heart Institute, whether for diagnosis or for a procedure, we want them to have confidence that they will be cared for by an experienced and expert team,” said William E. Lawson, MD, FACP, FACC, FSCAI, Co-Director, Stony Brook Heart Institute and Interim Chief, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. “The IAC approval in all three echocardiography categories demonstrates our distinct capabilities in this important aspect of cardiac care.”
Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. On average, one American dies every 39 seconds of cardiovascular disease – disorders of the heart and blood vessels. The American Heart Association estimates that the direct and indirect cost for cardiovascular disease in the U.S. for 2010 was $503.2 billion.
About Stony Brook University Heart Institute:
Stony Brook University Heart Institute is located within Stony Brook University Hospital as part of Long Island’s premier university-based medical center. The Heart Institute offers a comprehensive, multidisciplinary program for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. The staff includes 50 full-time and community-based, board-certified cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons, as well as 350 specially trained anesthesiologists, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, surgical technologists, perfusionists and other support staff. Their combined expertise provides state-of-the-art interventional and surgical capabilities in 24-hour cardiac catheterization labs and surgical suites. In addition to offering the latest advances in medicine, the Heart Institute’s physician-scientists are also actively enhancing knowledge of the heart and blood vessels through basic biomedical studies and clinical research. To learn more, visit www.heart.stonybrookmedicine.edu.
About the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC):
A nonprofit organization, IAC was established with the support of the American College of Cardiology, the American Society of Echocardiography, the Society of Pediatric Echocardiography and the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. It is designed to help laboratories attain the highest possible imaging quality to improve patient care.
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