It is the non-invasive unit of Cardiology of the University of Santo Tomas Hospital which is composed of two subunits, the heart station and the echocardiography laboratory. It is one of the pioneer non-invasive cardiovascular centers in the Philippines manned by academician-cardiologists of the premier medical school.
It renders electrocardiographic and ultrasonographic techniques for the diagnosis and prognostic assessment of patients with cardiovascular disease using state of the art machines.
It is a venue for the training of Cardiology fellows, medical residents, medical interns, and medical students in electrocardiography, echocardiography and peripheral vascular ultrasound studies, and provides ground for research in the field of Cardiology.
Echocardiography Laboratory Sub-Unit
This sub-unit was originally a separate unit. It had its humble roots in the early 70’s as one of the earliest institution to introduce this diagnostic modality in the country. The unit at that time consisted of a machine capable of performing M-mode echocardiography utilizing the pencil probe. In the early 80’s, the unit acquired a conventional two-dimensional echocardiography scanner, and in the mid-80’s, the color Doppler was introduced. It was renovated in 1998 and became part of Heart Station Echo Lab Unit. Through the years, laboratory has evolved into a major facility for cardiovascular care and training in the University Hospital.
Presently, the UST Echocardiography Laboratory is a fully equipped facility that provides state of the art Doppler echocardiographic and peripheral vascular evaluations. Approximately 6,500 to 7,000 studies are done yearly (about 500-600 varied cases a month), both on inpatients and outpatients. It is a major center providing service, and a ground for education and research in the field of Cardiology.