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CCR Offers Cardiovascular Ultrasound Imaging Service

Nancy Dalton performing a cardiac echo

Nancy Dalton performing a cardiac echo

The Center for Clinical Research (CCR) is pleased to announce a new Cardiovascular Ultrasound Imaging Service at the east campus clinic location. The CTRI has purchased a Philips Pure Wave HD15 ultrasound imaging system, with echocardiographic and vascular capabilities. A dedicated networked computer is attached to the ultrasound unit. All recordings will be stored on a secure server that is HIPAA compliant and maintained by the CTRI Biomedical Informatics team. Nancy Dalton, a registered cardiac sonographer, with certification in CIMT and BART scans, has been added to the CCR staff to perform the echos. Dr. Kirk Knowlton, Professor of Medicine and Chief of Cardiology, is providing medical expertise for this new research service.

Transthoracic echocardiography is available for clinical trials that have a need for cardiac imaging, cardiac output or cardiac phenotyping. Vascular echo procedures being offered include carotid artery intima media thickness (CIMT) and brachial artery reactivity testing (BART).

Vascular echo of neck vessels

Vascular echo of neck vessels

 "Echo studies can provide significant information to a researcher interested in cardiovascular status" said Dr. Mark Wallace, Director of the Center for Clinical Research. "They are a non-invasive and cost effective way to monitor cardiovascular changes that may occur from pharmacologic agents given during a research study or to determine the anatomy and function of the heart or blood vessels."

Researchers interested in a consultation or investigators who want to utilize this service should complete a service request form.

About UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute:

UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) is part of a national Clinical and Translational Science Award consortium, led by the National Institutes of Health National Center for Advancing Translational Science. Established in 2010, ACTRI provides infrastructure and support for basic, translational and clinical research throughout the San Diego region to bring discoveries from the laboratory to the bedside, and facilitates training and education of the next generation of researchers. ACTRI carries out its activities in collaboration with institutional and corporate partners and currently has more than 1,500 members.