Echocardiographic Haemodynamic Laboratory

The heart has a complex, multi-dimensional shape. A proper assessment of the function of its parts requires a multi-dimensional depiction of its structural and functional intricacies. This complex physical relationship can be studied using reflections from high frequency sound waves, called ultrasound, which can give information on blood and heart muscle motion.

Echocardiographic Haemodynamic Laboratory amrita hospital ernakulam

Services offered included in Echocardiography

  • Transthoracic Echocardiography
  • Transesophageal Echocardiography
  • Tissue Doppler Imaging (Tissue velocity and strain imaging)
  • 3D Echocardiography
  • Contrast Echocardiography
  • Pharmacological Stress Echocardiography
  • Intraoperative Echocardiography

Multi Detector Computed Tomography


For the imaging of cerebrovascular, cardiac, visceral and peripheral vasculatures, CT coronary angiography using a Siemens Somatom 64 slice CT scanner enables accurate, noninvasive detection of significant coronary artery disease in patients hospitalized for acute chest pain syndrome and negative biomarkers. It is also useful for screening patients with intermediate risk for developing coronary artery disease. It is now the choice of diagnostic test for evaluating blood clots on arteries supplying lungs (pulmonary embolism).

Diagnosis and treatment planning with nonoperative techniques for aortic aneurysms (thinning and bulging) as well as the dissection of the aorta needs good quality picture generated by MDCT. Occlusion of blood supply to legs, hands and other organs can also be accurately quantified by this technique.

Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

This imaging is very useful in assessing the damage of heart muscles caused by heart attack, as well as:

  • Evaluation of heart failure
  • Detection and quantification of heart defects present at birth
  • Tumors of the heart
  • Pericarditis (inflammation of the sac covering heart)
  • Evaluation of arrhythmogenic RV dysplasia, sarcoidonic and other causes of ventricular arrhythmia and heart failure

Nuclear Cardiology

Using radioisotopes as a diagnostic tool, it is possible to assess the function of the heart and its blood supply. Our sophisticated facility has a Siemens gamma camera to perform the following procedures:

  • Thallium and MIBI perfusion studies
  • Viability testing
  • MUGA (Ventriculogram)
  • Ventilation perfusion lung scans
  • Renal perfusion scans
  • Tc labelled RBC venogram for DVT

Positron Emission Tomography

Positron emission tomography, also called PET imaging or a PET scan, is a type of nuclear medicine imaging. It is used to identify the patients with damaged heart muscles likely to get benefit from angioplasty and bypass surgery. It is also effective in determining the blood flow to heart as well as infections and cancers.