Transthoracic Echocardiogram

WHAT IS AN ECHOCARDIOGRAM?

An Echocardiogram is an ultrasound of your heart. It is a non-invasive test that uses ultrasound to create an image of the heart muscle. An Echocardiogram looks at the size and shape of your heart, how well your heart is pumping, and how well your heart values are working.

An Echocardiogram can also be called an ECHO, Transthoracic Echocardiogram or a Cardiac Ultrasound.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING AN ECHOCARDIOGRAM?

When you arrive, you may be asked to change into an imaging gown.

You will then be asked to lay on your left side on the imaging bed.

ECG leads will be placed on your chest and a special conducting gel will be placed on your chest. The gel is used to reduce the amount of air between your skin and the Ultrasound Transducer. Air can cause your images to be blurry and non-diagnostic.

The Echocardiographer will then acquire a series of images and measurements. These will then be collated and the Cardiologist will complete a report for your Doctor.

HOW LONG DOES AN ECHOCARDIOGRAM TAKE?

The test can take 30 to 45 minutes.

PREPARATION REQUIRED FOR AN ECHOCARDIOGRAM?

  • No special preparation is required.·        
  • Please take your medication as normal.      
  • Please note: you may be required to change your clothing and put on an imaging gown.

WHEN WILL MY DOCTOR RECEIVE MY RESULTS?

Your Referring Doctor will receive your results within 48hrs.

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