UT Physicians Cardiology Lab Receives Accreditation

Posted Oct 14th, 2009  Category: Health, Toledo.com


On October 8, 2009 the University of Toledo Physicians, LLC, UT Heart and Vascular Center located in Perrysburg was granted accreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories (ICANL) for its nuclear stress testing lab. The laboratory is one of a growing number of nuclear cardiology laboratories in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico to be so recognized for its commitment to high quality patient care and its provision of quality diagnostic testing. During a nuclear stress test, both the pump function and the blood flow of the heart are assessed to detect the presence of cardiovascular disease and may also discover important information regarding the occurrence of future heart attacks. This is a vital diagnostic tool considering that one American dies every 32 seconds of cardiovascular disease, disorders of the heart and blood vessels.

Additionally, the echocardiography laboratory at the UT Heart and Vascular Center in Perrysburg also received accreditation on March 24, 2009, and was one of the first one thousand echocardiography laboratories to be recognized. Echocardiography is a complex imaging technique that relies on the experience and training of both the physician and the sonographer. Their interpretive and technical abilities determine the diagnostic accuracy of an echocardiographic examination. This noninvasive test has become one of the standard diagnostic tools in cardiology with an estimated 10 million echocardiograms performed annually in the United States.

Accreditation status signifies that the facility has been reviewed by an independent agency that recognizes the laboratory’s commitment to quality testing for the diagnosis of heart disease. The University of Toledo Cardiology Physicians are committed to detecting, treating and preventing heart disease in the Northwest Ohio patient population and also serves patients in the Bellevue, Norwalk and Wauseon areas.

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