LONG BEACH, Calif., Feb. 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute at Long Beach Medical Center is expanding its leadership team by naming Elvis Cami, M.D. as the first medical director of advanced cardiac imaging. Advanced cardiac imaging is transforming the way heart disease is diagnosed and treated, significantly improving patient outcomes. Dr. Cami brings extensive training in cardiac imaging technology and techniques to our community, ensuring that patients receive the most accurate and timely diagnosis and the most advanced and personalized treatments for heart disease.
"Cardiac imaging allows us to diagnose heart disease with precision," says Dr. Cami. "Not only are we able to precisely identify a patient's cardiovascular condition using cardiac imaging methods and techniques like cardiac computerized tomography (CT), cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), echocardiography and intraoperative imaging, but we also use 3D imaging and 3D printing to provide the care team with a procedural roadmap on how to best treat each patient's unique diagnosis. For example, cardiac imaging can be used to measure the type and size of the valve to be implanted in a patient with structural heart disease. This same imaging can then guide interventional cardiologists on proper device placement. And all of this can be done without opening the chest."
Dr. Cami joins Long Beach Medical Center from Royal Oak, Michigan, where he served as medical director of cardiac MRI at Beaumont Hospital, and assistant professor at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. His goal in this new role at the MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute is to fully integrate advanced cardiac imaging technologies and solutions into the comprehensive cardiovascular care experience. A main measure of success is the ability to create a roadmap for each patient, which can be used by the clinical, cardiac catheterization and surgical teams as they provide the best outcomes and experiences for patients and their families.
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The MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute at Long Beach Medical Center has a team of experts that specialize in the structure and function of the heart and the vascular system. Cardiologists, cardiac and vascular surgeons, and other specialists offer complete cardiac care: testing, diagnosis and the most-up-to-date treatments and rehabilitation. The addition of Dr. Cami to the leadership team expands Long Beach Medical Center's diagnostic, procedural and testing capabilities.