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Department of Medicine

Echocardiography and Cardiac Imaging

The UCSF Echocardiographic Laboratory has held a place as one of the leading clinical academic laboratories in the United States for more than 30 years. Annually, the lab performs over 10,000 echocardiograms. The laboratory is ICAEL (Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories) accredited. Both transesophageal echocardiography and three-dimensional echocardiography were pioneered at UCSF. The faculty members lecture nationally and internationally and have been active in developing national guidelines and standards for the application of echocardiography. The laboratory specializes in the diagnosis of congenital and valvular heart disease and the evaluation of diastolic function.

The UCSF Cardiac MRI/CT program is composed of internationally recognized clinical imagers and researchers focused on noninvasive cross-sectional cardiac and vascular imaging. The program offers a wide breadth of clinical indications and research opportunities.

The UCSF Nuclear Cardiology program performs more than 2,000 procedures per year. The faculty members are internationally recognized for the development of national guidelines and imaging applications. Through close collaboration with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the program has been and remains at the forefront in the development of imaging technology. There are extensive opportunities for basic and clinically oriented research with a vigorous group of researchers.

Dr. Elyse Foster with cardiology patient.