CATM - Cardiology at the Mater

Echocardiogram

Information

This test is a non-invasive way of looking at the heart with ultrasound using a probe on the chest.  It looks at the heart size, valves and function.

Ultrasound allows accurate measurements of the four chambers of the heart and valves and the flow of blood through the valves and major blood vessels to and from the heart.

The test is performed lying on your side on a bed in the doctors’ rooms, by a sonographer.  ECG dots are placed on the chest and a probe with gel is used on the chest to reduce ultrasound images and to observe the blood flow through the valves and the contractibility of the heart.

Preparation

  • There is no need to fast
  • Take normal medications unless instructed by your doctor
  • If possible wear a two piece outfit

Duration

The procedure takes approximately 30 minutes and is risk and pain free.

The echo is stored digitally and reported following your test by the doctor.

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 Echocardiogram