MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Loyola University Health System's Cardiographics Department is one of the first laboratories in the country to be recognized by a respected accreditation body.
The Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL) said it recognized Loyola for "its commitment to high quality patient care and its provision of quality diagnostic testing."
Noninvasive echocardiograms use sound waves to take pictures of the heart that can be used to diagnose many conditions. Echocardiograms provide detailed images without exposing patients to radiation. And they are portable.
To obtain accreditation, every cardiologist and technician must go through rigorous quality control measures, said Dr. Thriveni Sanagala, Loyola's medical director of cardiography. "Accreditation ensures that each technician can perform high quality studies and each cardiologist has met high standards for interpretation," she said. "It also means we have an ongoing training and teaching program for the entire staff."
Loyola performs most outpatient echocardiograms on the same day ordered, and turnaround time is one day. The lab buys equipment from multiple vendors, because each vender offers different advantages. Loyola has a digital echo lab and is one of the few centers to do 3-D echocardiograms. Loyola also does clinical echocardiography research.
The ICAEL was established with the support of the American Society of Echocardiography, American College of Cardiology and Society of Pediatric Echocardiography. ICAEL accredits laboratories in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
Accreditation is voluntary. ICAEL said receiving accreditation "signifies that the facility has been reviewed by an independent agency which recognizes the laboratory's commitment to quality testing for the diagnosis of heart disease."
Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus, Loyola University Hospital, is a 569-licensed-bed facility. It houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children’s Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 264-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.