Transthoracic Echocardiography (Echo)
An echo is a non-invasive diagnostic that uses ultrasound waves to create an image of the heart muscle. Clothing from the chest will need to be removed for images to be acquired (females will be given a gown). ECG dots will be put on your chest and a transducer with some ultrasound gel will be moved over the chest to take the images. The test will take approximately 30-45 minutes to perform. Once the images have been reported on, your doctor will discuss the results with you.
There is no patient preparation for this test.