Cardiac Ultrasound and Stress Testing
The Heart & Vascular Center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is a pioneer in the field of cardiac ultrasound. It was one of the first in the country to utilize 2-D echo for clinical diagnosis, and later led the way in incorporating transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) into routine clinical practice. Wake Forest Baptist performed some of the first studies using TEE and 3-D Echo to improve outcomes in patients undergoing cardiac surgery.
Dalane W. Kitzman, MD, led the clinical development of the only currently available contrast agent for echocardiography, designing the first 6 trials, and leading 2 of them. These were pivotal in the eventual approval of these agents by the FDA for clinical use.
Ultrasound and Stress Testing Services
Wake Forest Baptist provides state-of-the-art diagnostic services in transthoracic, transesophageal, and stress testing. We are fully accredited through the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL) in adult and pediatric echocardiography. We perform approximately 30,000 studies per year.
- Echocardiography (Echo)
- Stress Echocardiogram (Stress Echo)
- Nuclear exercise
- Parm Stress Echocardiogram
- Transesophageal Echocardiogram
- 3-D Echocardiogram
- Contrast Echocardiogram
- Cardiac Resynchronization
- Pediatric and Routine Treadmill Testing
- Metabolic Bike Testing
- T-ware Alternan Testing