With early diagnosis the key to the best possible outcome, at Advocate Children's Hospital - Park Ridge, children benefit from a full range of state-of-the-art diagnostic testing.
Cardiac catheterization procedures, conducted in a state-of-the-art biplane "cine-less" cardiac catheterization lab to reduce radiation exposure for the patient and physician, include routine right/left heart diagnostic procedures, and special or interventional procedures, such as valvulotomy for pulmonary stenosis or aortic stenosis, stents to correct stenotic vessels, coil embolization of ductus arteriosus or AV fistulae, balloon or blade atrial septostomy and closure of atrial septal defect.
Echocardiography, including routine transthoracic echocardiography, transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), fetal echocardiography, dobutamine stress echocardiography, echo-guided balloon atrial septostomy and echo-guided pericardiocentesis.
Exercise stress testing, including routine treadmill stress tests (using pediatric or Bruce protocols) and stress with myocardial perfusion imaging. Evaluations of presyncope/syncope (for neurocardiogenic syncope) including tilt test with or without Isuprel infusion, and Holter EKG or cardiac event recorder, if necessary.
Cardiac electrophysiologic procedures for arrhythmia, including transesophageal electrophysiologic study, intracardiac electrophysiologic study, pacemaker surveillance and programming, radiofrequency catheter ablation of arrhythmia-inducing tissues for the treatment of supraventricular/ventricular arrhythmias and transvenous cardiac pacemaker implantation.
The latest diagnostic imaging technology featuring ultra-fast cine CT and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).