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Release: Oct. 18, 2002

UI Heart Care echocardiography laboratory receives accreditation

Officials with UI Heart Care, a component of University of Iowa Health Care, announced today that its echocardiography laboratory recently received accreditation by the body that certifies those services in North America and Puerto Rico.

An echocardiography examination is one of the standard diagnostic tools in cardiology. The noninvasive technique uses sound waves to provide information about cardiac structure and blood flow within the heart, greatly assisting the detection and management of many types of heart disease. Specialists perform an estimated 10 million echocardiograms in the United States annually, including 20,736 at the UI.

The Intersocietal Commission for Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL) evaluates the quality of the critical elements of echocardiography laboratories in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. The ICAEL confirms the excellence of echocardiography services at UI Heart Care.

"The ICAEL accreditation is just one more demonstration of the commitment of our staff and faculty to high quality patient care," said Teri Brennan, M.D., director of Clinical Cardiovascular Services. "We are very proud of our physicians, sonographers, nurses and everyone on our UI Heart Care team."

Participation in the accreditation process is voluntary. Achieving accreditation signifies that UI Heart Care echocardiography services have undergone review by an independent agency that recognizes the laboratories' commitment to quality testing for the diagnosis of heart disease.

One American dies every 32 seconds of disorders of the heart and blood vessels. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, costing society more than $83.7 billion each year in health services, medications and lost work due to disability.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at