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National Cardiology Hospital

Echocardiography laboratory

General Information


Short laboratory's self-description: 


Country:  Bulgaria

City:  Sofia

Director of Laboratory:  Prof Tzvetana Katova

Address:  65 Koniovitsa Str

Phone:  +35928229388

Email:  katova@hearthospital.bg

Website: 

Imaging modalities available: 

Laboratory EACVI Accredited:  Yes

National/International Cardiovascular Imaging Laboratory Accreditations: 

Research Activities

Echocardiography techniques of special interest

Pharmacological stress echocardiography
Transesophageal echocardiography
Transthoracic 3D echocardiography
Tissue Doppler imaging
Speckle tracking imaging
Vascular ultrasonography

CMR techniques of special interest


CT techniques of special interest


Nuclear techniques of special interest





Populations/pathologies of special interest

post (cardiac) operation patients; Grown-up CHD

Number of CVI-related publications published over the past 5 years in journals with IF>1:

5

Staff information


Physicians in training working in the CVI lab: 3

Research fellows currently working in the CVI lab: 0

Staff physicians working in the CVI lab: 5

Staff sonographers/radiographers: 0

Training fellows currently working in the CVI lab: 


First year of acceptance of research/training fellows: 

Previous ESC/EACVI grant winners: 


Research fellow supervisors: Prof Tzvetana Katova

Training supervisors: 

Available Clinical/research programmes/positions


Clinical training programmes: Yes

Hands-on tutoring: No

Library provision (texttbooks, journals access): No

On-site courses: No

Regular clinical case revision: No

Supervised clinical activity: No


Research programmes/positions: Yes

PhD programmes: Yes


Level III accredited supervisors: No

EACVI/national accredited supervisors: No


Used languages: Bulgarian; English

Assistance with seeking funding: No

Assistance with seeking accommodation: Yes

Comments: 

Training Activities

Echocardiography techniques of special interest


CMR techniques of special interest


CT techniques of special interest


Nuclear techniques of special interest


Equipment, techniques and patients

Echocardiography

Equipment

Scanners(types and numbers): GE Vivid 9; Aloka alpha 10; Acuson Sequoia

Digital storage: Yes

Digital reporting: Yes

Software(type and number of workstations): 

Used techniques

Pharmacological stress echocardiography
Exercise stress echocardiography
Transesophageal echocardiography
Transthoracic 3D echocardiography
Transesophageal 3D echocardiography
Tissue Doppler imaging
Speckle tracking imaging
Contrast echocardiography-chamber opacification
Vascular ultrasonography


Number of echos per year

TTE: 6000

TEE: 700

Stress Echo: 50

Pediatric CHD Echos: 

Adult CHD Echos: 

CMR

Equipment

Scanners (vendors, number, field strengths): 

Software (type and number of workstations): 

Used techniques

General CMR


Number of procedures/year:

ACHD/GUCH: 

Dobutamine stress CMR: 

General CMR: 

Perfusion CMR: 

Approx. Total scans: 

CT

Equipment, techniques and patients

Scanners (vendors, number) CT: 

Scanners (vendors, number) Hybrid: 

Software (type and number of workstations): 

Used techniques

General Cardiac CT


Number of procedures/year:

Calcium score: 

CT coronary angiography: 

CT for TAVI: 

CT perfusion: 

Approx. Total scans: 

Nuclear

Equipment, techniques and patients

Scanners (vendors, number) SPECT: 

Scanners (vendors, number) PET: 

Scanners (vendors, number) Hybrid: 

Software (type and number of workstations): 

Used techniques



Number of procedures/year:

Gated blood pool: 

Hybrid: 

Innervation: 

PET: 

SPECT: 

Approx. Total scans: