Our Approach to Diagnosis
Our whole focus is newborns, children and teens. Our providers are board-certified in pediatrics, which means that they have extra training and years of experience caring for kids. We only do tests that we feel are medically needed and avoid unnecessary testing.
We pioneered the use of noninvasive procedures to diagnose and treat heart conditions. If your child is born with a complex heart defect, we will work with you to create a personalized repair plan, supported and informed by the most advanced imaging techniques. Whenever possible, we choose noninvasive methods that use low or no radiation, such as echocardiography and cardiac MRI (magnetic resonance imaging).
Along with giving your child state-of-the-art care, we will take time to fully explain your child’s condition and answer any questions you have. Read more about our promise to provide family-centered care.
The heart doctors (pediatric cardiologists) in our Prenatal Diagnosis and Treatment Center provide early, accurate prenatal (before birth) diagnosis and care for congenital heart disease and defects. We find problems with your developing baby as early as possible so you have more time to make decisions and plan care. By combining our knowledge with the latest technologies, we are able to find and diagnose congenital heart defects as early as 14 weeks’ gestation (in the womb).
We offer prenatal diagnosis and management at 7 sites in Washington and Alaska.
Need a diagnosis?
- Make an appointment.
- If you would like a referral to the Heart Center, talk with your child’s doctor.
Need a second opinion?
We are available to provide second opinions. If you need a second opinion, please talk with your provider and ask for a referral. We will work with you to understand what you are looking for in the visit. Afterward, we will partner with you and the referring provider to determine next steps. Make an appointment.