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.
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
while the sonographer obtains your images.
There are no dietary
restrictions for this test.
Bring your medication
in their original containers with you
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
We will apply electrodes
(small sticky patches) to your
so we can record the electrical activity of your
heart. This is called
The sonographer moves
the transducer to various places
over the left side of
your chest. Pictures of your heart at
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