University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

Clinical and Animal Echocardiography Research

The echocardiography laboratory uses state-of-the-art Philips, Seimens and General Electric imaging systems and a Camtronics digital ultrasound image storage and processing system. The laboratory uses Tom-Tec reconstruction software for three-dimensional imaging. Areas of interest include:

  • brachial and carotid artery imaging protocols for noninvasive evaluation of endothelial function and subclinical atherosclerosis
  • evaluation of ventricular and vascular contributions to diastolic dysfunction
  • evaluating the effects of medical therapy on left ventricular remodeling and shape change in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy
  • evaluating innovative digital software and ultrasound equipment
  • ongoing evaluation and participation in developing digital ultrasound image processing and storage and report systems
  • evaluating three-dimensional reconstruction techniques for clinical and research echocardiography
  • participating in national trials for evaluating innovative ultrasound contrast agents
  • evaluating the impact of hand-held echocardiographic imaging instruments on clinical practice
  • participating in multiple studies for echocardiographic evaluation of left ventricular function in heart failure trials, post infarct trials and trials for evaluation of anti-obesity drugs
  • small animal (rat and mouse) imaging to define cardiac structure and function in genetically and/or surgically altered disease models
  • evaluation of the atrial septum with intracardiac echo
  • evaluating the potential of cardiac elastography for assessing LV function

Clinical and Animal Echocardiography Research Faculty

Peter S. Rahko, MD
James H. Stein, MD