Mayo Clinic expands its 3D cardiac image tools

Mayo Clinic Healthcare in London has expanded its advanced cardiac imaging tools to include 3D transoesophageal echocardiography. 

Dr Gosia Wamil

The addition supports full diagnostics for heart valve diseases, with assessments and review by Mayo clinicians in the UK and their colleagues in the US.

Transoesophageal echo, a state-of-the-art imaging assessment that provides immediate, accurate and cost-effective diagnostic information about the heart, works through a thin scope that accesses specific internal views of the heart via the oesophagus. The patient is under mild sedation during the process.

The scope allows the clinicians to view moving images of the patient’s beating inner heart on a monitor. These can be measured and used for diagnosis, allowing for detailed planning of therapies.

Dr Gosia Wamil, a cardiologist at Mayo Clinic Healthcare, said: ‘Using transoesophageal echo, we can confirm an initial diagnosis of heart valve disease or provide a useful second opinion to guide a patient’s next steps.’