ECU opens new cardiac imaging center
(May 5, 2002)
Cardiologists at East Carolina University are now seeing patients at the new Cardiovascular Imaging Center, located in Suite 1 at the Medical Pavilion, 1800 W. Fifth St.
This new facility provides physicians with the opportunitiy to evaluate patients' heart function using a variety of nuclear and echocardiography tools, such as exercise myocardial perfusion imaging, comprehensive Doppler, treadmill and bicycle exercise echocardiograpy, and pharmacological stress nuclear/echocardiographic studies.
Dr. Assad Movahed, ECU professor of medicine and radiology and medical director of the nuclear cardiology section of Pitt County Memorial Hospital and ECU, said that although nuclear services are available at PCMH, the new center will allow patients easy access to outpatient comprehensive cardiac care.
Dr. Vincent Sorrell, associate professor of medicine and interim chief of the ECU cardiology division, said the center will have advanced equipment for studying the heart. "Any way that you can look at the heart, we'll be able to do it," he said. "These tools will allow us to detect heart disease earlier and earlier." Sorrell added that the center will be the site of clinical trials of advanced diagnostic and treatment methods, some of which have already been approved for testing at the Brody School of Medicine.
The $500,000 facility is state-of-the-art and is staffed with nuclear and echo technologists, a family nurse practitioner and a medical office assistant. Center hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.