Cardiac ultrasound is the most important non-invasive diagnostic test in the clinical cardiology setting because of what it tells us about the heart’s structure and function, painlessly and safely. The technology is rapidly becoming more sophisticated, enabling us to see the heart in more detail, allowing us to assess the nature and extent of heart problems much more accurately.
Innovations include the ability to make images of 3 different views of the heart simultaneously, and a 3D ultrasound system which allows us to literally walk through the heart. New software enables us to measure the heart’s structure and function much more accurately than previously possible and track changes with treatment over time.
The practice makes major recurrent investments in upgrading ultrasound equipment in order to use the very latest technology available. We were early adopters of digital ultrasound imaging in 1999 and the first private practice in Australia to install a PACS system (GE, ImageVault) in 2006 which allows us to store and retrieve archived ultrasound examinations and compare the findings side by side.
In 2010 we added a GE Vivid E9 ultrasound system to add to our cardiac ultrasound service. We brought multiplane stress echo imaging into stress echo studies which allow us to take up to 3 pictures simultaneously resulting in faster and more accurate studies. We have introduced 3-D cardiac ultrasound to look at heart valve defects, cardiac muscle structure and function in greater detail than previously possible.