BAR HARBOR — What began as any other Sunday morning in the Medical Imaging Department at Mount Desert Island Hospital resulted in an educational opportunity for colleagues nationwide with the publication of a case study in a leading medical journal.
When MDI Hospital ultrasonographer Jody Zeisloft performed an echocardiogram on a patient last fall, he instantly “knew something was out of place,” he recalls. The story of that unusual event is featured as the cover story in the October issue of the Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
What Mr. Zeisloft saw that day on the ultrasound was a wire from an implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD), a device similar to a pacemaker, coiled in the shape of a bowtie that was on the wrong side of the heart. When he confirmed the ends of the wire were in the correct place on the correct side of the heart, he concluded that a defect or hole in the heart between the two valves was possible. “I knew that didn’t happen every day,” Mr. Zeisloft said, and it was something he had never seen in his 15 years in the field.
It is common for Mr. Zeisloft and his fellow sonographers at MDI Hospital to share information about cases as part of the ever-present learning environment. Together with fellow sonographers Ray Pedrick and Jane Adelmann, and radiologist (medical imaging physician) Dr. John Benson, Mr. Zeisloft recounted the specifics in exacting medical detail for the journal.