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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 are stored on Digital echo storage. This test allows our doctors to learn how the heart functions at rest. It provides valuable information about the structure, size, and how well your heart is pumping.

 


Before the Test

  • You should allow one hour which includes preparation and the imaging portion.
  • Wear comfortable attire as you will be lying on an exam table, while the sonographer obtains your images.
  • There are no dietary restrictions for this test.
  • Bring your medication in their original containers with you to the test, so we may obtain an accurate list.

 


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.
  • We will apply electrodes (small sticky patches) to your chest, so we can record the electrical activity of your heart. This is called an EKG.
  • The sonographer moves the transducer to various places over the left side of your chest. Pictures of your heart at rest are recorded on videotape.

 


Immediately After the Test

  • A written report will be sent to your referring physician.
  • Information gained from this test helps your doctor make an accurate diagnosis and develop a treatment plan that is best for you.​​