There’s a new tool in the Echocardiography Lab at GBHS Owen Sound
hospital — one that’s not only made the lives of the sonographers easier,
but is making a direct difference in patients’ lives.

Echocardiography produces images of the heart to diagnose and
manage heart diseases. Last fall the Lab began using an injectable
drug – referred to as a contrast agent – to enhance the image for more
complicated tests. Prior to its use at GBHS, some patients had to travel to
a larger hospital for imaging, which made it more challenging for patients
and families.

“It impacts the patient’s care when we can get a better image. For example
if there’s a blood clot, the patient may go on blood thinners. But if there is
no clot, then the patient may be able to avoid medication. It really directs the physicians’ treatment plan,” said sonographer Lisa
Snyder.

Sonographer Cathy Davidson added, “This has really helped our lives too. When you’re scanning, you are trying so hard to visualize
the function of the heart because you know these people are depending on you to get the best images so they can get better.

We’re really grateful to have this new option for enhancing the image.”
The Echocardiography Lab is also pleased to have recently been accredited, a new provincial requirement that involved dedication
and teamwork from all staff in the Cardiology Department.

“We feel like we are offering the best quality of care, and we’re pretty well doing everything that a larger centre does.”