|Typical Length of Exam:
This exam typically takes 60 minutes
Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
Please do not wear jewellery.
Refrain from wearing perfume or cologne.
Examination gowns are provided as necessary.
|Medication and Dietary Requirements:
No special preparations are necessary.
Echocardiography, often referred to as cardiac echo or simply echo, uses ultrasound to image the heart. Ultrasound is a safe and painless way to see the organs and tissue inside the human body by using very high frequency sound waves. The sound waves enter the body and bounce back at different rates depending on how they are absorbed by the body. When the sound waves bounce back, they are captured by the ultrasound machine and turned into a picture. Echocardiography uses two-dimensional, three-dimensional and doppler ultrasound to create images of the heart.
What is it used for?
Echocardiography is used to evaluate the heart muscle and its ability to pump, the valves of the heart, and the tissues surrounding the heart.
What you can expect:
The ultrasound technologist will spread gel on your chest and then press a device known as a transducer against your skin, aiming the ultrasound waves toward your heart. This is a painless procedure; you will only feel the pressure of the transducer against your skin. As the scan continues, you may be asked to hold your breath or change position to give the best image possible. The technologist will then show the images to the radiologist to review all the images. Once the review is complete, the radiologist will send a report to, and may call, the doctor who ordered your test.