January 12, 2010
The CAMC Memorial Hospital Auxiliary recently donated $160,000 toward a new echo machine to be used in the operating room during valve replacements and in the echo lab to do cardiac ultrasounds. Staff and a physician who use the equipment performed a demonstration to showcase the machine and explain its importance. Alan Dean, MD, an anesthesiologist, discussed the machine’s use in the operating room. “It is used for a transesophageal image to decide if a heart valve needs to be replaced or repaired. The 3D imaging is very clear and shows what the surgeon will see.” Dean explained to the group that the machine also shows the physiology and function of the heart, as well as its size and thickness. Staff from the echo lab demonstrated how the machine works during a cardiac ultrasound, and said that the images are clearer with the new 3D probe than with other machines. The lab does approximately 35 echocardiograms each day. Brenda Powell, auxiliary president for Memorial Hospital, said that each year the auxiliary has a “wish list” from departments about what they need. Powell said that the auxiliary donated $100,000 plus the wish list funding toward the purchase of the echo machine for 2009.

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