KIMS' Paediatric Cardiac Services utilizes state-of-the art equipment, technology and techniques to diagnose heart problems and conditions in our Paediatric patients. Diagnostic services and tools offered by this unit include:
3-D, REAL TIME ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY:
Displays real-time images of the heart beating in three dimensions
COMPUTERIZED TOMOGRAPHY ANGIOGRAPHY (CTA):
An x-ray in which contrast material is injected into a vein in order to obtain multidimensional images of blood vessels and heart tissues
MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING/MAGNETIC RESONANCE ANGIOGRAPHY (MRI/MRA):
Detailed images of the heart and major vessels are obtained through the use of magnetic fields and radio waves
TRANSESOPHAGEAL ECHOCARDIOGRAM (TEE):
High frequency sound waves are used to obtain images of the heart's valves and chambers
The exact location of a patent foramen oval (PFO) or atrial septal defect (ASD) is determined in order to accurately close the hole in a clinical procedure
EXTRACORPOREAL MEMBRANE OXYGENATION (ECMO):
ECMO support provides oxygen to neonatal and young children during periods when their hearts and lungs are not working properly. The ECMO circuit is one of the busiest ECMO programs in the country, is staffed by a team of trained specialists that uses this powerful treatment system to make sure our Paediatric patients receive optimal oxygenation.
EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY LAB:
The Exercise Physiology Lab is a testing laboratory in which our health care professionals examine Paediatric patients to determine whether or not heart problems affect their ability to run and play. In this lab, we utilize a variety of testing methods, including stress treadmill testing, to ascertain the level of heart health of our Paediatric patients.