The echocardiogram is an extremely useful test for studying the heart’s anatomy. It is non-invasive and entirely safe, and when interpreted by well-trained cardiologists, is very accurate. Our highly skilled team of physicians and technicians combines years of experience in diagnostics and patient care to conduct examinations such as the echocardiogram with ease.
An echocardiogram often referred to in the medical community as a cardiac ECHO or simply an ECHO, is a sonogram of the heart. Also known as a cardiac ultrasound, it uses standard ultrasound techniques to image two-dimensional slices of the heart. The latest ultrasound systems now employ 3D real-time imaging. In addition to creating two-dimensional pictures of the cardiovascular system, an echocardiogram can also produce accurate assessment of the velocity of blood and cardiac tissue at any arbitrary point using pulsed or continuous wave Doppler ultrasound. This allows assessment of cardiac valve areas and function, any abnormal communications between the left and right side of the heart, any leaking of blood through the valves and calculation of the cardiac output as well as the ejection fraction.
A transesophageal echocardiogram can create images of cardiac structures that are difficult to see from a standard echo test, and also offers a way to produce echo images during heart surgery when access to the chest itself is not available to the echocardiographer.