Cardiovascular Ultrasound Lab (Accredited)
Nepean Intensive Care is extremely fortunate in that it has a modern and very motivated Cardiovascular Ultrasound Laboratory situated within the Intensive Care complex itself. The laboratory provides emergency and routine tests for the ICU inpatients as well as providing cardiac and vascular ultrasound services to the inpatients of the Nepean, Governor Phillip, Katoomba, Springwood, Hawkesbury, Blacktown and Mt Druitt Hospitals and to referring doctors in the district.
- Transthoracic Echocardiogram
- Transoesophageal Echocardiogram
- Stress Echocardiogram (Exercise and Pharmacological)
- Arterial Duplex Scan
- Venous Duplex Scan
- Carotid Duplex Scan
Equipment available to the Laboratory includes the Philips iU22, GE E9, GE Vivid Q, GE Vivid 7, GE Vivid 7 Dimension, Siemens SC2000 which are capable of providing the full range of non-invasive cardiac and vascular studies as well as Transoesophageal Echocardiograms. GE Vivid 7 is also used for Dobutamine Stress Echocardiograms, Exercise Stress Echocardiograms and research purposes. Two mobile machines, GE Vivid Q are used for urgent mobile Echocardiograms and mobile clinics at Hawkesbury and Springwood Hospitals.
There is a small team of varied staff that make up the Cardiovascular Ultrasound Laboratory. The medical staff are headed by Professor McLean and include A/Prof Ian Seppelt, Dr Marek Nalos, Dr Rajamani Arvind, Dr Sam Orde and Dr Roger Hall. The Echo team comprises Iris Ting (Clinical Nurse Consultant), Louise Smith (Nurse Echocardiographer), Euguenia Kholodniak (Echocardiographer), Kay Race (Echocardiographer), Keren Mowbray (Nurse Echocardiographer) and Debra Blackhall (Echocardiographer). The Vascular work is performed by Richard Huang (Vascular Sonographer) and Tammy Dinh (Vascular Sonographer Trainee). Research is coordinated by A/Prof Stephen J. Huang. Secretarial support is provided by Mrs Deanna Mckay.
The Cardiovascular Ultrasound Laboratory, apart from providing clinical assessment services, also strives to provide the best and most up-to-date methods of cardiovascular assessment. The only way of making this possible is through our ongoing quality control type as well as exploratory type research. In recent years we have, in conjunction with the ICU research unit, established various methods for assessing a variety of conditions of the heart. Some of the works have been published in peer reviewed journals.