Respiratory Therapy

The William W. Backus Hospital respiratory and cardiopulmonary departments cover a wide range of diagnostic procedures and treatments


Departments & Services

Telectroencephalogram (EEG)
Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment, the electroencephalogram provides a digital image image of the electric activity of the brain, allowing medical professionals to see any abnormalities in the transfer of electrical impulses.

This procedure may be used for patients suffering from stroke, epilepsy, scoliosis, tumors of the spinal cord, and many others in which the flow of electrical impulses in the body must be evaluated.

A noninvasive procedure which utilizes sound waves to produce a digital image on a monitor, allowing medical professionals to seek out abnormalities within the heart, blood vessels, and lungs.

For example, an echocardiogram can assist medical professionals in diagnosing conditions such as narrowing of the aorta, leaking valves, and other coronary and respiratory diseases.

Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)
Transesophageal Echocardiogram is an examination that is performed to obtain images of the heart from inside the esophagus.

Because the esophagus lies immediately behind the heart, with this technology, excellent images of the heart can be obtained. It is used to determine dynamic flow of blood to the heart, the efficiency and functioning of values, and many other conditions.

Cardiopulmonary Monitoring
This department is responsible for performing a variety of diagnostic and monitoring services for cardiopulmonary functions such as stress tests, and the use of heart (halter) monitors and event loop records to register symptoms.

Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
This department provides therapy to patients who suffer from cardiopulmonary conditions such as heart attack, stroke, asthma and emphysema. The goal is to assist patients to improve the quality of their life and/or to optimal health after surgery or hospitalization. For example, patients are instructed in proper breathing techniques and how to use oxygen and inhalers correctly. Patients undergoing cardiopulmonary rehabilitation are also coached in exercise, diet, and lifestyle modification.


Respiratory Therapy