Fetal & Pediatric Echocardiology

Fetal & Pediatric Echocardiology

Pediatric Cardiac Imaging: Experience Matters

Echocardiology Laboratory

The cardiac non-invasive lab was granted accreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL). The laboratory is one of the first of four pediatric echocardiography labs in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico to be recognized for its commitment to high quality patient care and its provision of excellence in diagnostic testing for complex congenital heart disease. The department provides 24-hour a day service, with the latest state of the art ultrasound equipment. St. Joseph's Children's Hospital offers three-dimensional (3D) echocardiography to give detailed, moving pictures of the heart.

Fetal Echocardiography

Our Fetal Echocardiography program is also fully accredited by the Intersocietal  Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL) and the only program in the Tampa Bay area to have this accreditation. Fetal Echocardiography is used to diagnose heart disease in the unborn baby. These ultrasound studies of the fetal heart can be performed on pregnant moms at high-risk for having a child with a heart defect.

Who Is Most At Risk for Heart Defects?

We use these Fetal Echocardiography studies, beginning around the fourth month of gestation, to identify major heart problems that could require special care for the mother and fetus during the remainder of the pregnancy or at the time of delivery. Moms at a greater risk for having a baby with a heart defect may include:

  • Women with diabetes
  • Moms who have already had a child with heart disease
  • Women who need to take certain medications during pregnancy

Talk to your obstetrician about your specific risks.

St. Joseph's Children's Heart Center of Excellence: Results You Can Trust

It is crucial that an experienced physician performs the evaluation and interpretation of the echocardiography results. At St. Joseph's Children's Hospital Heart Center of Excellence, our expert cardiologists and fetal echocardiography technicians are among the most experienced in the nation. They have a wealth of experience accurately diagnosing and managing congenital heart disease in unborn babies using:

  • Advanced diagnostic equipment designed for in-depth analysis
  • Keen observation resulting from education, training and personal passion
  • Knowledge of fetal cardiac abnormalities and experience with successful outcomes

Other diagnostic tests your doctor may order can include:

  • Pediatric Cardiac CT Scan
  • Pediatric Cardiac Stress Test
  • Chest X-Ray
  • Pediatric Echocardiogram, including 3D
  • Pediatric Transesophageal Echo (TEE)

For more information about the program, call St. Joseph's Children's Hospital at (813) 554-8500.