Cardiovascular surgeons and interventional cardiologists on staff at Children’s Hospital of Michigan are experts in the use of hybrid approaches to repair certain forms of complex congenital heart disease.

  • Ultrasound is a non-invasive diagnostic tool that does not require sedation or radiation. Pediatric patients come in all shapes and sizes. From the tiniest premature neonate to adult congenital patients, EpiQ Philips machines offer a depth of imaging capability combined with streamlined cardiac workflow to reduce the steps and time needed for challenging exams.
  • No other premium ultrasound systems can run the complete suite of the world’s most innovative ultrasound transducers. With the touch of a button, xMATRIX offers all modes in a single transducer: 2D, M-mode, color Doppler, Doppler, iRotate, Live xPlane, Live 3D, Live 3D Zoom and Live 3D Full Volume.
  • Philips unique, patented Purewave crystal transducer technology provides the best image resolution for diagnostic exam confidence from the smallest neonate to morbidly obese adults.
  • Visualize extraordinary levels of detail with the industry’s only PureWave S9-2 transducer that simplify pediatric cardiac exams by displaying high levels of detail and contrast resolution and providing tissue information at greater depths, enhancing coronary artery visualization.
  • Leader in 3D Technology for transthoracic (TTE) and transesophageal (TEE) imaging. Philips introduced a 3D TEE in 2007 (x7-2t TEE) and an ergonomic 3D TTE (x5-1) transducer in 2010. Philips is on the 2nd generation of TEE (x8-2t TEE) and 3rd generation of 3D TTE transducer (x3-1, x5-1, x5-1c)
  • The only vendor with a 3D transthoracic transducer (x7-2) for pediatrics. Philips also offers the S8-3t micro and s7-3t mini TEE transducers to image even very small infants during critical cardiac catheterization and surgical procedures.
  • For advanced fetal echo with exceptional image resolution, Philips offers two PureWave curved array transducers, the C5-1 and C9-2, and 3D imaging with the V9-2 transducer.
  • Philips was the first to introduce fully automated analysis of 3D datasets using AI Technology - Dynamic HeartModel for LV and LA and 3D AutoRV for RV. Quantification takes less than 20 seconds. Together, Dynamic HeartModel and 3D Auto RV allow for full-cycle cardiac quantification using artificial intelligence to provide fully automated quantification of the LV, LA and RV. All of our clinic echo machines have the above capability. 
  • The EPIQ also automates routine echo measurements and Strain analysis, providing more accurate and reproducible quantification.
  • The EPIQ system has a sleep mode with a boot-up time of < 20 seconds, and instant boot-down, saving time when doing exams in the NICU, PICU, and Cath lab. 

Stress Lab

At Children’s Hospital of Michigan, we offer cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET or CPEX), also referred to as a VO2 (oxygen consumption) test, which is a specialized type of stress test or exercise test that measures a person’s exercise ability. Information about the heart and lungs is collected to understand if the body's response to exercise is normal or abnormal. We also do pulmonary function testing and measure metabolic during exercise. 

While regular stress labs only monitor EKG, BP and oxygen saturations, we require a dual screen computer (to monitor EKG and metabolic at the same time) and a machine to measure the metabolic.

Echocardiography Lab

Physicians at Children’s Hospital of Michigan use specialized digital echocardiogram equipment to create video images of the beating heart. This noninvasive test can be performed in an inpatient or outpatient setting with either transesophageal or 3-D echocardiography technology. Physicians and technicians also specialize in fetal ultrasound to diagnose heart defects before the child is born to plan and develop the best possible timely treatment after birth.

Electrophysiology and Rhythm Disorders

Children’s Hospital of Michigan pediatric electrophysiology experts provide innovative diagnostic services and therapies to children with cardiac rhythm disorders – including invasive treatments such as pacemaker implantation. Exercise stress testing is often used to study exercise related problems in children and in patients who have undergone prior repair of congenital heart defects. Tilt table testing is used to evaluate the causes of fainting.

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