Heart Month: Featured technology uses ultrasound method to assess right ventricular function

Fifty years ago, the month of February was declared National Heart Month by then-president Lyndon B. Johnson. As recently shared in VUMC’s Reporter, the progress made in diagnosing and treating heart disease is remarkable. Patients are living longer, healthier lives thanks to greater awareness, preventative practices, and medical advances.

CTTC witnesses many of these new inventions and treatments from their earliest stages of development. One such example is a new, non-invasive and reproducible ultrasound method for assessing right ventricular function. This new diagnostic can demonstrate changes in the time it takes for blood to flow through the right ventricle, which may be a useful factor in identifying a number of cardiopulmonary disorders, including heart failure and pulmonary hypertension, in a cost-effective and timely manner. This technology is currently available for licensing. To learn more, contact Chris Harris.