Advanced imaging is one of WVU Medicine’s outstanding strengths. Heart and Vascular Imaging Services (HVIS), formerly known as the Cardiovascular Interventional Services (CVIS), is located on the third floor of the southeast tower at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital. It is directly across from echo/vascular, stress testing, and nuclear cardiology. The newly-renovated space houses transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) prep, procedure, and recovery rooms, and additional echo and vascular ultrasound rooms.
In addition, our team works closely with the Center for Advanced Imaging (CAI), a 12,000-square-foot research and clinical imaging facility. Our specialists have access to the latest technology, including 3-Tesla MRI — twice as powerful as regular MRI — positron emission tomography (PET) and others.
WVU Medicine also has a 64-Slice CT scanner that provides a real-time ultrasound 3-D image of the patient’s heart. Using this cutting-edge tool, the healthcare team can diagnose congenital heart disease, valvular disease, pericardial disease, cardiomyopathy, and other cardiovascular disorders.
Diagnostic procedures performed at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute include:
- 64-Slice CT scan
- Abdominal aorta ultrasound
- Arrhythmia mapping
- Cardiac MRI
- Carotid ultrasound
- Computerized Tomography (CT) scan
- CT angiography
- D SPECT
- Electrocardiogram (ECG)
- Electrophysiological studies (EPS)
- Event monitors
- Holter monitoring
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging
- Non-invasive flow studies
- Radioisotope examinations of the heart
- Signal-averaging EGG
- Stress testing
- Tilt table
- Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)
- Vascular ultrasound
- Learn more about the PET-CT Center.
Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is a test that uses high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to make detailed pictures of the heart and the arteries that lead to and from it. TEE is used when the physician needs a closer look at the heart or does not get the information needed from a regular echo.
Unlike a standard echocardiogram, TEE is like an endoscope that guides an ultrasound transducer down the esophagus. The tube-like transducer produces sound waves that provide clearer pictures of the upper chambers of the heart and the valves between the upper and lower chambers of the heart than can be captured with standard echocardiograms.
The detailed pictures provided by TEE can help providers:
- Check how well the patient’s heart valves and chambers are working
- Look for problems, such as valve disease, myocardial disease, pericardial disease, infective endocarditis, cardiac masses, and congenital heart disease
- View the size of the heart and how thick its walls are
- See if there is abnormal tissue around the heart valves that could indicate bacterial, viral, or fungal infections or cancer
- See if blood is leaking backward through the heart valves (regurgitation) or if the valves are narrowed or blocked (stenosis)
- Detect blood clots in the chambers of the heart, particularly the upper chamber, after a stroke
TEE is also often used to provide information during surgery to repair heart valves, a tear in the aorta, or congenital heart lesions. Additionally, it can be used during surgical treatment for endocarditis.
To learn more about TEE or to refer your patient to one of our specialists, call 855-WVU-CARE (855-988-2273).
WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital