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Pediatric Echocardiography

What is echocardiography?

An echocardiogram is a test that uses sound waves (ultrasound) to create images of the heart. A Doppler test uses sound waves to measure the speed and direction of blood flow. By combining these tests, a pediatric cardiologist gets useful information about the heart’s anatomy and function. Echocardiography is the most common test used in children to diagnose or rule out heart disease and also to follow children who have already been diagnosed with a heart problem. This test can be performed on children of all ages and sizes including fetuses and newborns.

Echocardiography diagnoses cardiac problems, and also guides heart surgery and complex cardiac catheterizations. Children’s developed one of the first digital echocardiography laboratories in the world and remains a leader in the development of new technologies to optimize patient care. Our digital echocardiography laboratory makes it seamless for physicians throughout the region, country, and world to instantly send Children’s cardiologists echocardiograms for review 24/7 from any computer.

Many types of specialized echocardiography services are offered, including:

The team also provides advanced connectivity services, such as digital echocardiography and tele-echocardiography.

Children's Team

Children's Team

Providers

Charles Berul

Charles Berul

Division Chief, Cardiology
Co-Director, Children's National Heart Institute
Russell Cross

Russell Cross

Medical Director, Inpatient Cardiology
Advanced Imaging Cardiologist
 Mary Donofrio

Mary Donofrio

Medical Director, Prenatal Cardiology Program
Co-Director, Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Outcome Program
Advanced Imaging Cardiologist
Lowell Frank

Lowell Frank

Director, Cardiology Fellowship Training Program
Advanced Imaging Cardiologist
Craig Sable

Craig Sable

Associate Division Chief, Cardiology
Director, Echocardiography
Niti Dham

Niti Dham

Director, Cardio-Oncology Program
Advanced Imaging Cardiologist
Advanced Cardiac Therapies and Heart Transplant Cardiologist
Dr. John Diddle

John Diddle

Director, Quality Outcomes in Cardiac Critical Care
Cardiac Critical Care Specialist
Departments

Departments

Cardiac Imaging

We have expertise in the full spectrum of cardiac imaging, including transesophageal, prenatal, 3-D, intracardiac, and stress echocardiography and cardiac MRI. 

Electrophysiology

Our pediatric electrophysiologists perform ablations and other procedures to correct abnormal heart rhythms, with a success rate close to 98 percent. Learn more about Cardiac Electrophysiology.

Cardiology

The pediatric heart experts at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., provide advanced care for unborn babies, children and young adults with heart conditions.