Features of our cardiac MRI hybrid suite include: Teresa, 2, was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and waited on the Berlin Heart EXCOR® Pediatric Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) for nine months while she waited for a heart transplant. "It is a little scary to see your baby with tubes, lines, gauze, and all of the other medical gear occupying their body, but once the nurses explain what it all does and how it helps your baby, you will feel much better." An echocardiogram is a test that uses sound waves (ultrasound) to create images of the heart.A Doppler test uses sound waves to measure the speed and direction of blood flow.
In a partnership with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, we're also enhancing the safety of imaging through MRI.
The joint team’s work will translate clinically to more streamlined use of MRI, which is radiation-free.
The initiative seeks to enhance the speed and quality of MRI machines and reduce the need to sedate children getting an MRI; increasing the capability of MRI to take fetal images; developing better, pediatric-specific catheters for probing the heart and blood vessels; and incorporating an incubator into an MRI scanner to enable procedures on premature babies. Our heart team is pioneering new ways to harness the power of MRI, so we can provide you with the safest, most effective diagnosis and treatment possible.
In our hybrid suite, we combine the powerful imaging technology of an MRI with the precision and detail of the catheterization lab.
Echocardiography is the most common test used in children to diagnose or rule out heart disease and also to follow children who have already been diagnosed with a heart problem.
This test can be performed on children of all ages and sizes including fetuses and newborns.Echocardiography diagnoses cardiac problems, and also guides heart surgery and complex cardiac catheterizations.A magnetic resonance imaging scan of the heart, called cardiac MRI, is an important tool for diagnosing and even treating congenital heart disease.Cardiac MRI is a noninvasive imaging procedure that uses magnetic technology, not radiation, to create detailed images of the heart.The procedure provides your child’s heart team with high-resolution images of the moving heart and blood vessels, so we can see how the heart looks and functions.At Children’s National Heart Institute, our specialized hybrid MRI suite combines MRI and cardiac catheterization, allowing us to obtain detailed diagnostic images and perform cardiac catheterizations in the least invasive, safest way possible.