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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 12, 2004

Children's Hospital Of Iowa Attains Rare Pediatric Echo Lab Status

The Pediatric Echocardiography Laboratory at Children's Hospital of Iowa recently became one of only two such facilities to receive national accreditation and the only fetal echocardiography program accredited in Iowa.

The Intersocietal Commission for Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL) awarded its certificate of accreditation to the laboratory following a rigorous review process. The American Society of Echocardiography sponsors ICAEL. ICAEL evaluates the quality of the critical elements of echocardiography laboratories in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. The ICAEL accreditation confirms the excellence of pediatric echocardiography services at Children's Hospital of Iowa.

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 23,843 at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics last year.

"The ICAEL accreditation is just one more demonstration of the commitment of our staff and faculty to high quality patient care," said Larry Mahoney, M.D., director of pediatric cardiology at Children's Hospital of Iowa. "We are very proud of our physicians, sonographers, nurses and everyone on our team."

Participation in the accreditation process is voluntary and was spearheaded by sonographer Missy Disterhoft and Shuping Ge, M.D., UI assistant professor (clinical) of pediatrics. Achieving accreditation signifies that pediatric echocardiography services at Children's Hospital of Iowa have undergone review by an independent agency that recognizes the laboratory's commitment to quality testing for the diagnosis of heart disease.

Children's Hospital of Iowa at UI Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City is the state's longest-serving children's hospital. More than 100,000 children receive care at Children's Hospital of Iowa and its network of clinics across the state each year.

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