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Hospital’s Echocardiography Laboratory awarded accreditation

New Britain [October 25 2010] - The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HCC) Echocardiography Laboratory, located at the New Britain General campus, was awarded a three-year accreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL). Accreditation recognizes the laboratory for its commitment to high quality patient care and provision of quality diagnostic testing.

Echocardiographic testing is noninvasive and provides cardiac (heart) structure and flow information, and is useful in detecting and managing many types of heart disease. The test is a standard diagnostic tool in cardiology with an estimated 10 million echocardiograms performed annually in the United States.

Echocardiography is a complex imaging technique that relies on the experience and training of the physician and sonographer. Their interpretive and technical abilities determine an exam’s diagnostic accuracy and are among the critical elements evaluated during the accreditation process.

Accreditation signifies HCC’s echocardiography laboratory was reviewed by an independent agency, which recognizes the laboratory’s commitment to quality testing for the diagnosis of heart disease. Participation in the accreditation process is voluntary. The ICAEL is a non-profit organization established with the support of the American Society of Echocardiography, the American College of Cardiology and the Society of Pediatric Echocardiography.

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