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Conference on echocardiography starts at PGI today

chandigarh Updated: Feb 27, 2014 18:50 IST
HT Correspondent

The department of anaesthesia and intensive care is conducting a three-day eighth Annual Perioperative and Critical Care Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE) workshop at the Advanced Cardiac Centre (ACC) at PGIMER, Chandigarh, from Friday.

The workshop is an annual feature that targets at cardiac anaesthesiology and critical care trainees. The aim of the workshop is to broaden the knowledge base of TEE across the country.

The workshop comprises didactic lectures, a session which involves dissection of pig hearts for understanding cardiac anatomy, an image plane workshop and finally hands on with a TEE machine. A number of distinguished faculty from across the country and abroad constitute the presenters, discussants and panellists.

Echocardiography is a technique which uses sound waves to image the heart. The heart can be viewed from in front of the chest as well as from behind using an ultrasound probe placed in the esophagus (the food pipe). This technique offers high quality images and can provide important information even as the surgeon is operating on the heart.

Dr Theresa Ann Tracy, director of Fetal Echo and Pediatric Cardiologist from the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University, US; Dr Kathirvel Subramniam from University of Pittsburgh; Dr Balachundhar Subramaniam from Harvard University; Dr Pankaj Nayyar from Long Island; Dr Lewis Wilfred from Boston; and Dr Marudachallam from Australia are some of the international faculty for the TEE workshop.

Around 100 trainees form all over the country and abroad will be attending the workshop.

A dedicated 'Journal of Perioperative Echocardiography" is also being published by department of anaesthesia and intensive care under the aegis of the Society for Transesophageal Echocardiography (STE) to promote echocardiography education in perioperative period.