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Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories
Date: December 02, 2008 
Contact Tamara Sloper
Regarding: Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories

One American dies every 30 seconds of cardiovascular disease, disorders of heart and blood vessels. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in United State, costing society over 83.7 billion dollars each year in health services, medications and lost of 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 hearth disease. This noninvasive test has become one of the standard diagnostic tools in cardiology with an estimated 10 million echo cardiograms performed annually in the united state. Echocardiography is a complex imaging technique that relies on the experience and training of both the physician and sonographer. Their interpretive and technical abilities determine the diagnostic accuracy of the echocardiographic examination. The Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL) has developed an accreditation program which evaluates the quality of these and other critical elements of echocardiography laboratory.

Trivalley cardiology Medical Office located in Pleasanton, CA was grated accreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL). The Laboratory is one of the first one thousand echocardiography laboratories in the United State, Canada and Puerto Rico to be so recognized for its commitment to high quality patient care and its provision of quality diagnostic testing.

The ICAEL was established with the support of American Society of Echocardiography (ASE), the American   College of Cardiology (ACC) and the Society of Pediatric Echocardiography (SOPE) to provide a peer review mechanism to encourage and recognize the provision of quality echocardiographic diagnostic evaluations by a process of voluntary accreditation. A non-profit organization,

The ICAEL is dedicated to ensuring high quality patient care to promoting health care. Participation in the accreditation process is voluntary. Accreditation status signifies that the facility has been reviewed by an independent agency which recognizes the laboratory's commitment to quality testing for the diagnosis of heart disease.

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