The role of the Pediatric/Fetal Echocardiogram Core (PFEC) is to provide facilities (including resources and personnel) that will be an asset for junior and established investigators, thereby promoting research, collaboration and education. We enable interdisciplinary research involving pediatric and fetal cardiac imaging and other ancillary cardiac testing detailed in core service offerings. We have been successful in procuring additional core resources including the advanced research echocardiogram tools for deformation imaging that will expand the utilization of the core as prospective and retrospective projects involving deformation imaging would now be possible. This core enables conducting multicenter studies through protocol and personnel training at the site. We provide guidance to investigators on echocardiogram protocol, assist in finding suited cardiology collaborators, and can train needed personnel if needed in the use of deformation software.
Jeff KertisRegistered Diagnostic Sonographer
Pediatric Cardiology, first floor of the Blair E. Batson Tower at UMMC.
This core itself does not charge fees for service- not a fee for service model. The equipment is clinical. The charges for studies performed (technical and professional charge components) are determined by the Hospital Finance. These charges go to the appropriate accounting units for the hospital and varies widely by type of funding for each funded study.