Echocardiogram

Definition

Similar to the monograms used during pregnancy, an echocardiogram uses a probe gently moved across the chest. This probe emits sound waves which are convened into moving images of the heart. These images are displayed on a screen and can be recorded on videotape. This test allows our doctor’s to learn how the heart functions at rest. It provides valuable information about the structure, size, and how well your heart is pumping.

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Before The Test

  • You should allow one hour which includes preparation and the imaging portion.
  • Wear comfortable attire as you will be laying on an exam table, while the sonographer obtains your images.
  • There are no dietary restrictions for this test.

During The Test

  • You will be asked to lie on an examination table. To improve the quality of the pictures, a colorless gel is applied to the area of the chest where the transducer will be placed.

 After The Test

  • Information gained from this test helps your doctor make an accurate diagnosis and develop a treatment plan that is best for you.