The Cardiology Service is equipped with upgraded and remodeled workspaces for state-of-the-art efficiency. We are a 100% digital service, with all examination recordings stored digitally on systems accessible from our other rooms, offices and remote locations.
This room contains a small library, desk space for three residents, a conference table for 8-10 people, a networked computer, a video projection system, and a video conferencing system for joint meetings with staff at our Davis and San Diego clinics. Both student and resident rounds, service meetings, Journal Club and other meetings take place here.
This is the primary work room for the service and where we spend most of our time. It has two ultrasound machines (Philips iE33 and Hewlett-Packard 5500) and exam tables, three networked computers, holding cages, and two adjacent examination rooms for receiving patients and consulting with owners. Most of the electrocardiographic, blood pressure, and echocardiographic examinations are performed here
Ultrasound Examination Area
Our primary ultrasound machine is a Philips iE33 Echocardiograph with 2D, Doppler and 3D capabilities that is connected to an image server and workstation computer. The plexiglass table and pad are used to comfortably elevate small animal patients so that the examination may be conducted from below. Most routine resting electrocardiograms are also performed on this table, as well as ultrasound-guided drainage of pleural or pericardial fluid.
Cardiac Catheterization/Intervention Lab
This most recently upgraded room contains an OEC 9800 C-Arm Fluoroscope with 12' image intensifier and digital storage, a C-Arms International fluoroscopy table with foot switches and positional remote control, and BioPac MP100 PC based physiologic recorder. The room is used for diagnostic cardiac catheterization and angiography, as well as interventional procedures (balloon dilation, coil or Amplatzer device embolization, pacemaker implantation).
Molecular Genetics Laboratory
The cardiology service at UC Davis is supported by a fully-functional molecular research laboratory. A wide array of research equipment is available to complete advanced studies in molecular biology and cardiac genetics. The cardiology service research team benefits from the ability to provide both bench-top and bedside research projects.
Clinical Applications Laboratory
The cardiology service at UC Davis is further supported by a complete clinical laboratory that houses echocardiography, electrocardiography, and Holter monitoring equipment. The addition of this research space beyond the clinical cardiology suite, makes it possible to carry out clinical research without interfering with the clinical caseload of the teaching hospital.