An echocardiogram, also known as a cardiac echo or echo, is an ultrasound of the heart. It is different from other ultrasounds because it evaluates the heart in real-time. Measurements are taken of the heart’s anatomy; the heart’s functions are evaluated, recorded, and quantified; and videos of the heart working are taken. All of this information is sent to a cardiologic radiologist, who uses this information to evaluate the heart’s performance and determine if there are any current or potential problems.

Like all ultrasounds, an echocardiogram is non-invasive and painless. The ultra-sonographer or ultrasound technologist will apply some gel on a piece of equipment that is then passed over the chest and left flank to evaluate the heart. An echocardiogram takes about half an hour. This is a very commonly-ordered ultrasound. Although most echocardiograms come back normal or with minor issues, a patient should take an order for an echocardiogram seriously and attempt to get it done as soon as possible.

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Pediatric Echocardiogram

Hoffman Imaging & Medical Center and its radiologists do not perform or interpret echocardiograms for children younger than 13 years old. Such an echocardiogram is known as a pediatric echocardiogram. The parents are strongly encouraged to find a pediatric cardiologist and have the pediatric echocardiogram done in his/her office.

Additional Tips:

Please leave your valuables at home, including jewelry, to prevent it from being lost or stolen, for they have to be removed prior to entering the scan room.

Please let us know if you need interpreting services, this can be arranged for you.

Please bring a list of your current medications.

If you have claustrophobia, your doctor may prescribe an oral medication for you to take with you for your MRI appointment.

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