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Noninvasive Diagnostic Laboratory and Prenatal Diagnosis


The Department of Pediatrics

Division of Pediatric Cardiology

Noninvasive Diagnostic Laboratory and Prenatal Diagnosis


UCLA Division of Pediatric Cardiology - Dr. Greg Perens, left, and Dr. Leigh Reardon, right, in ECHO lab.The pediatric cardiac imaging program at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA is a full-service, state of the art imaging program providing all facets of congenital cardiac imaging. We perform approximately 4500 echocardiograms/year, including over 350 fetal echocardiograms and approximately 400 transesophageal studies/year. The laboratory staff includes the medical director, Gary M Satou, MD FASE, Greg Perens, MD and three other staff cardiologists. There are three full time sonographers and an administrative assistant. Digitization of the echocardiography laboratory occurred in 2001 and includes acquisition, reporting, and storage. As well, the lab maintains advanced equipment and resources for the performance of 2D and Doppler imaging, tissue Doppler analysis, 3D imaging including live 3D TEE , and myocardial deformation/strain evaluation with several stand-alone, desktop software systems for offline use. Seven pediatric cardiology fellows rotate through the echocardiography laboratory learning both basic and advanced imaging skills. Weekly didactic lectures are provided covering the breadth of congenital cardiac lesions with an emphasis on imaging. The congenital cardiology program’s joint patient conference each week with cardiovascular surgery and other members of the multi-disciplinary team is organized for presentation by our laboratory staff and fellows. A close relationship exists with the adult congenital heart disease service and the adult echocardiography laboratory in conjunction with Dr’s John Child and Jamil Aboulhosn.

UCLA Division of Pediatric Cardiology - Echo Techs Karen Simandle, left, and Ahlin Wong, right, with ECHO machine.The Fetal Cardiology program is led by Dr Satou. Patients are referred from both outside and within the UCLA system for fetal cardiac evaluation. State of the art technology and expertise is provided for all patients in a caring, supportive environment. When congenital heart disease is identified, the UCLA Fetal Care Center team assists with coordinating counseling and triaging of care with various sections, including maternal fetal medicine (perinatology), neonatal ICU, genetics, and pediatric cardiovascular surgery. Maternal fetal medicine fellows and senior pediatric cardiology fellows with an interest in non-invasive imaging rotate through office hours. Outpatient fetal echocardiograms are performed at the Kurlan Heart Center and inpatient studies occur either in one of the OB/labor and delivery areas or the echocardiography laboratory.

In addition to ultrasound imaging, the Congenital Cardiology program at UCLA also provides superior MRI and CT cardiac evaluation The Diagnostic Cardiovascular Imaging (DCVI) Section in the Department of Radiology, lead by Paul Finn, MD performs cardiac MRI and MR Angiography in children as young as one day old. Excellent collaboration occurs with the echocardiography/non-invasive laboratory team. Approximately 120 pediatric congenital cardiac MRI/CT studies/year are performed, and over 300 adult congenital heart studies are performed annually. With state of the art 1.5 Tesla and 3.0 Tesla MRI machines located in the main hospital facility, children are examined under anesthesia overseen by pediatric anesthesiologists and pediatric intensivists. Highly detailed images of the heart and blood vessels are acquired and processed into three dimensional renderings using advanced post processing workstations and software, providing surgeons and cardiologists with unique insights into complex anatomy and physiology. Adolescents and young adults with congenital heart disease are also imaged at our outpatient facilities where additional 1.5T and 3.0T state of the art MR scanners are located. DCVI faculty promptly issue comprehensive reports accompanied by illustrative 3D images and video sequences.

Telephone Number
(310) 267-8085 Information and appointments

Provider Specialty
Perens, Gregory MD Pediatric Cardiology
Pediatric Cardiology

Body System Location
Blood, Heart and Circulation

Age/Sex Gender
Child/Teen Health