An echocardiogram (cardiac echo or heart ultrasound) is a type of ultrasound scan that can detect heart defects.
What is an echocardiogram?
An ultrasound scan is a safe, non-invasive way to view tissue and organs inside the body and diagnose problems. It does not use radiation, which makes it a safer alternative to a CT scan. It does not require dye, unlike some other scans. An echocardiogram is a heart ultrasound. It evaluates blood flow in the heart vessels and detects heart muscle and valve abnormalities.
What does an echocardiogram treat?
An echocardiogram generates high definition images that help accurately diagnose diseases, conditions, and potential complications. The scan’s advanced features also provide vital information required for more complicated exams or exploratory surgeries.
Our state-of-the-art Siemens Acuson S3000 and Philips ultrasound systems provide the best diagnostic treatment available. Patients can expect:
- Advanced Siemens ultrasound technology.
- Unprecedented image detail.
- No exposure to radiation.
- Non-invasive examinations.
- Prompt, personalized testing.
- Comfortable, professional facilities and an expert team.
Our radiologists will carefully analyze the echocardiogram ultrasound images and provide a report to the patient’s physician.
Preparing for an echocardiogram
Preparing for the echocardiogram involves dressing in comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Our patient care coordinator will provide detailed, written instructions on any other required preparations.
What to expect with an echocardiogram
Patients are asked to lie down on an examination table. A sonographer applies gel to the patient’s skin and presses a small, hand-held instrument, called a transducer, firmly against the chest. The transducer projects and records sound waves, acting as both a speaker and a microphone. The sonographer will move the instrument around the target area of the patient’s body until the desired images are produced. The images appear on a monitor and are recorded for post-scan review.
Recovery after an echocardiogram
After the scan, the patient can go home immediately. Our radiologists will carefully analyze the ultrasound images and provide a report for the patient’s doctor, so they can discuss the results. Patients also receive a CD, DVD or USB containing the ultrasound images to take home.
Get an echocardiogram with Centric Health
Many men and women from across Canada and all over the world choose Centric Health Surgical Centres for echocardiograms. We use the latest scanning equipment and employ highly trained technicians who are sensitive to your needs and concerns. Combined with our patient-centred philosophy, we aim to provide all our patients with a compassionate, caring, and rewarding experience.
Next steps: Book your echocardiogram
If you are ready to discuss your echocardiogram needs, contact us to learn more and request a consultation today.