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The UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center's Pediatric Echocardiography Laboratory has been re-accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in pediatric transthoracic, pediatric transesophageal and fetal echocardiography. This latest accreditation earlier this month confirms the center’s ongoing commitment to providing high-quality patient care. Started in 2015, the UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center is the only center in Sacramento with this accreditation for children and pregnant women. It is a three-year accreditation.

Since 2015, the UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center is the only center in Sacramento with this accreditation for children and pregnant women.

The accreditation process is comprised of a detailed self-evaluation followed by a thorough review by a panel of medical experts. It enables both the critical operational and technical components of the applicant facility to be assessed, including representative case studies and their corresponding final reports. 

Echocardiograms, which are noninvasive ultrasound studies, are commonly used to evaluate heart structure and function. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 40,000 infants in the United States are born with congenital heart defects annually, making it the most common type of birth defect. It is also the most critical, as congenital heart defects cause more deaths during the first years of life than any other birth defect.

UC Davis offers quality imaging and interpretation of congenital heart defects, which requires years of experience, training and internal review.    

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