An Echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart. This test uses high frequency sound waves to create images of the heart. The sound waves can detect the quality of blood flow to and from the heart. This test is used to diagnose or rule out heart disease and to follow previously diagnosed patients with heart conditions. This test is performed by a sonographer technologist and is a diagnostic test. A small amount of gel is used on the chest area to allow the transducer (a small hand held device) to glide smoothly over the chest area. The transducer sends and receives sound waves that convert to pictures on the ultrasound machine. You can see your heart beating, and may even be able to see or hear your heartbeat and blood flow. Various portions of the test is recorded and stored as part of the patients medical record. The test takes about 20-30 minutes and is painless.



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