2-Dimensional Echocardiogram (Cardiac Ultrasound)

This is a safe and painless procedure that uses a transducer (a small, microphone-type device) to send high frequency sound waves to the heart. The technologist can view the heart valves and pumping strength, look for structural defects, heart enlargement and/or fluid buildup. A Doppler exam and Color Flow exam are also performed. This allows doctors to evaluate blood flow through the heart. The technologist will videotape parts of the study for later diagnosis by the cardiologist.

Preparation and Procedure

  • You will lie on your back and left side.
  • Electrodes (small, adhesive patches) will be attached to your chest to record your heart's electrical activity (EKG) during the test.
  • Gel will be applied to your chest.
  • The transducer will be placed on your skin and moved around the area to view the heart from different angles.
  • Wear clothing that is easy to remove from the waist up.
  • Avoid the use of creams and lotions on the chest area.
  • There are no diet restrictions.
  • Please bring a list of medications with you.

Time Required

1 hour in the Cardiovascular Department.

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