The Echocardiography laboratory of the Imaging Department of the Jilin Heart Hospital
 

The Imaging Department was founded with the Jilin Heart Hospital (JHH) in October 2004.  

Since then the Echocardiography Laboratory serves outpatients and inpatients from the cardiology and cardiac surgery departments. We perform on a daily basis more than 100 transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiograms (the latter both in the echocardiography laboratory and intra-operative), vascular Doppler and stress Dobutamine studies.  
 
The Laboratory uses 6 echocardiography units (Philips Epic7c and IE33, and GE Vivid 95 ultrasound units) and takes advantage of routine diagnostic studies using 3D technology and strain analysis of myocardial mechanics. Portable studies are routinely performed in the ICU and cardiology wards using Philips CX50 portable units, whereas 2 Philips Epic (with 3D technology) and CX50 units are used for transesophageal intraoperative monitoring. The adjoining cardiac CT scan and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging facilities allow routine use of multimodality imaging.
 
The Laboratory is headed by a European Imaging Specialist and our staff includes 4 local MD experts in echocardiography and 4 local Sonographers who have all been trained according to European standards. The Laboratory is fully compliant with the 2014 Standards of the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging, and routine diagnostic activity deals prevalently with ischemic and valvular heart diseases. We work very closely together with the cardiac surgical department and cardiac catheterization laboratory, collaboration with the latter will include, in the near future, percutaneous closure of the left atrial appendage and TAVI procedures.
 
The clinical research interests of the Laboratory include analysis of myocardial mechanics using strain analysis, 3D volume reconstructions of the cardiac chambers, and 3D analysis of mitral valve prolapse, although specific research projects by visiting Fellows are welcomed.  
 
Permanent tutorship and teaching are provided during daily diagnostic activities and also take advantage of the live video feeds from the echocardiography units located in the operating rooms, and of an ongoing Echocardiography Course in the adjoining teaching facility.

 

 
Team
 

Head of Department:

Dr. Paolo Barbier, FESC.

Dr. Barbier has been co-director of the Echocardiography Laboratory of the Centro Cardiologico Monzino heart hospital in Milan, Italy, which is one of the top cardiology centers in Europe since its foundation in 1981.

Staff of the Echocardiography Unit:

Dr. Liu Guangyu, Dr Ma Fang, Dr Wang Jing  

Cardiac sonographers:

Zhou Ting, Gao Shuang,  Quan Lili,  Luo Qi

Nurses:

Jiang Chunjie Wang Shitong Wang Xue Sun Mengchi Jiang Shan Shen Jia

Supervisor and Coordinator of the Radiology Unit:
Dr.Jiang Baoguo
 

Staff of the Radiology Unit:

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Dr. Jiang Baoguo, Dr. Wang Wei
 

Radiology techinicians:
Ge Xiji , Pi Zhenyi, Gai Hongliang, Shang Jiapeng, Zhang Hongming
 

 

Equipment

Six echocardiographic machines are utilized in the laboratory, whereas 2 additional portable units are positioned in the cardiology ward and in the Intensive Care Unit. Two additional standard and portable units are located in the Operating Rooms, and a standard unit in the Catheterization Laboratories of the hospital.

Among the ultrasound units, our Laboratory takes advantage of two of the most advanced ultrasound systems.

 · the Philips Epiq7c, with its outstanding 3D technology, allows automated analysis of the dimensions of the heart, and anatomical and functional virtual reconstruction of heart valves before surgery.

 · the GE Vivid 95, which excels in high resolution 2D imaging, allows precise analysis of both standard and advanced – with myocardial strain imaging - function of the cardiac chambers. 

 

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