Welcome to the Adult Echocardiography Laboratory Website. Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute (PSHVI) Echocardiography Laboratory provides a full range of the quality echocardiographic procedures for adult patients. The department utilizes six dedicated echocardiography laboratories in addition to providing services to patients to the bedside, in the operating room, PSHVI Silver Clinic, and PSHVI Nyes Road clinic.

The Echocardiography Department conducts over 10,000 studies annually. Including over 7,000 Transthoracic Echocardiograms, 1,000 Dobutamine Stress Echocardiograms, 1,500 Treadmill Stress Echocardiograms, 900 Transesophageal Echocardiograms, and services for bariatric patients. Services provided include diagnostic M-Mode/2-Dimensional Echocardiograms, Continuous Wave Doppler, Pulsed Wave Doppler, Pulsed Wave Doppler, Color Flow Doppler, and Contrast Echocardiography.

We are committed to excellence. Our lab is one of a select group of Echocardiography Laboratories in the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico to be granted accreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for Accredited Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL) for all lab modalities. We are one on only sixty labs in the country to have an affiliated Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program. The laboratory remains a leader in the use of the latest technological advances. We offer supine bike Stress Echocardiograms, AV and VV optimization, Strain/Strain Rate imaging, 3D imaging capabilities, and are participants in over 30 research studies. Our laboratory offers a full range of services for Congestive Heart Failure, Adult Congenital disease, Electrophysiology, Cardiac Transplant, and Liver Transplant.

Services are routinely available Monday through Friday form 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is always preferred that these procedures be scheduled in advance to ensure patients are treated with minimal waiting time. Additionally, after hour coverage is provided to accommodate emergency situations and facilitation of discharge planning.

PSHVI is dedicated to quality. All practices conform to the guidelines for Diagnostic Echocardiography as prescribed the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, and the American Society of Echocardiography. Our department is under the leadership of Director Dr. William R. Davidson, Jr., M.D., and American College of Cardiology Fellow, Council on Clinical Cardiology Fellow of the American heart Association, Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography, Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and Advisory Board member of the Adult congenital Heart Association. All Cardiologists in our department are Board Certified with Special Expertise in echocardiography. Furthermore all of our cardiac sonographers are registered as well. Supervising physicians are onsite all day.

We offer an advanced and complete array of services that practice the guidelines as prescribed by the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, and the American Society of Echocardiography.

Adult Echocardiography Lab
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute
500 University Drive, MC H150
Hershey, PA 17033

Main Hospital Telephone: (717) 531-8521
Department Telephone: (877) 467-7484 (1 877 GO PSHVI)

Fax: (717) 531-0685


  • Tracy Campbell, R.D.C.S.
  • Marilyn Coutlangus, R.D.C.S.
  • Daryl Detwiler, R.D.C.S.
  • Emily Eshleman, R.D.C.S.
  • Melissa Feeney, R.D.C.S.
  • Vickie Joachim, R.D.C.S.
  • Alan Lauffer, R.D.C.S.
  • Nicole Markovchick
  • Melinda McDonald, R.D.C.S.
  • Sandra Pasic, R.D.C.S.
  • Thomas Simmons, R.D.C.S.




  • Hannah Barry, RN
  • Patti Murphy, RN, BSN
  • Connie Neiswender, RN, BSN
  • Kim Roche, RN
  • Annette Strickler, RN, BSN