The Diagnostic & Treatment Center Echocardiography Lab Earns ICAEL Reaccreditation

The Diagnostic & Treatment Center in Weston, a service of Marshfield Clinic and Ministry Health Care, Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics Echocardiography Lab has earned reaccreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL). 

ICAEL accreditation status signifies that The Diagnostic & Treatment Center’s Echocardiography Laboratory has been reviewed by an independent agency which recognizes the facilities commitment to quality testing for the diagnosis of heart disease. It was part of an original group of similar labs in the country to earn original accreditation in 2009, this reaccreditation is for a term of three years.

"Our sonographers and affiliated cardiologists have put a tremendous amount of work into this commitment to quality which allowed us to obtain this important accreditation," said Janet Abell, director of cardiovascular and pulmonary services at The Diagnostic & Treatment Center.

One American dies every 32 seconds of cardiovascular disease, disorders of the heart and blood vessels.  Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, costing society over 83.7 billion dollars each year in health services, medications and lost work time due to disability.  Cardiac structure and flow information provided by echocardiographic testing is useful in the detection and management of many types of heart disease.  Echocardiography is a complex imaging technique that relies on the experience and training of both the physician and the sonographer.

The ICAEL was established with the support of the American Society of Echocardiography, The American College of Cardiology and The Society of Pediatric Echocardiography to provide a peer review mechanism to encourage and recognize the provision of quality evaluations  by a process of voluntary accreditation.

Located on the Weston Regional Medical Center campus, The Diagnostic & Treatment Center is a service of Marshfield Clinic and Ministry Health Care and offers a broad range of advanced diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical services to meet the needs of all area physicians and their patients.

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