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Newton Medical Center: The Patient Experience
The Echocardiography Laboratory at the Charles L. Tice Heart Center for Diagnostic Services is accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL). We were one of the first 1,000 echocardiography laboratories in the United States and Canada to be recognized for our commitment to high quality patient care and diagnostic testing.
At Newton Medical Center, our cardiologists use echocardiograms to diagnose abnormalities related to the heart function and structures. Echocardiography uses ultrasonic waves from outside the body to produce images of the various heart structures, valves and chambers.
In addition, we offer:
Stress echocardiography – used to detect heart muscle abnormalities that may indicate a lack of blood flow to the heart muscle. The goal is to perform echocardiography when the patient’s target heart rate is reached. This may be accomplished either by exercise, like walking on a treadmill, or, if the patient is unable to tolerate exercise, a pharmacological agent may be used to increase the patient’s heart rate.
Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) – may be used when echocardiography is inadequate due to the patient’s anatomy. The patient is given a sedative through an intravenous line for comfort and relaxation. After the sedative takes effect, a probe is gently advanced into the esophagus. The probe provides ultrasound images of the heart, enabling the cardiologist to diagnose abnormalities related to the heart function and structures.
If additional cardiac services are necessary, patients have full access to Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown Medical Center or Overlook Medical Center.