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Echocardiography

 
 

 
Description: Using ultrasound and color Doppler, different aspects of the heart are studied

Machine: HP Sonos 5500 machine.

Preparation Instructions: No

Appointment: Not Required

Time Taken: 20-30 minutes

Report Given: Same day if the study is done before 12 noon, otherwise the next day.

Special Comments: Dr. T. P. Singh D. M. Cardiologist, performs all the studies.

What is an echocardiogram?
An echocardiogram is as safe, non invasive procedure used to diagnose cardiovascular disease. It is a technique that has been used for over 50 years. By using high-frequency sound waves, an echocardiogram allows doctor to visualize the anatomy, structure, and function of the heart. This window to the heart enables the doctor to diagnose a number of cardiovascular diseases, so they can begin proper treatment.

How does it work?
It uses high frequency sound waves to show a picture of the heart on a television screen. It is very similar to the high frequency sound waves used to show a picture of a fetus in its mother’s womb during an ultrasound.

Why is an echocardiogram performed?
Doctors use an echocardiogram to diagnose and evaluate conditions of the heart and surrounding veins and arteries. Echocardiography can be used to determine causes for chest pain, assess the condition of heart valves, evaluate the effects of a heart attack or as a follow-up to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment. An echocardiogram also can determine if the heart or aorta has been damaged in an accident and can help evaluate a donor heart prior to a transplant. Young children or infants could have echocardiography performed if there is suspected congenital heart disease (heart abnormalities present since birth).

How is each procedure performed?
The Tran thoracic echocardiogram is a painless procedure that involves the patient lying quietly while a small probe, called the transducer, is gently placed on the various positions of the chest, from which to obtain the images or pictures of the heart in real-time. Tran esophageal echo involves the passage of a very small tube down the food pipe or esophagus. Because the esophagus lies in close proximity to (behind the heart, outstanding images of the heart can be obtained.

Where does the procedure take place?
An echocardiogram is usually performed in a hospital or doctors office. It can also be performed beside in emergency room, an intensive care unit or in an operating room. In some cases, such as with Tran esophageal echocardiography or when the echo is performed in the operating room, the cardiologist both performs the exam and interprets the result.

How long does an echocardiogram take?
An echo takes approximately 30-45 minutes.

Will I be exposed to radiation?
The sound waves are painless, and are not radioactive. This test is completely non- invasive in terms of needles and probes.

What is the difference between an echocardiogram and an EKG?
An echocardiogram shows an image of a beating heart on a television –screen as the sonographer performs the test. An EKG or electrocardiogram, measures the electrical currents in the heart. These are different diagnostic techniques used to obtain different information. The EKG tell about the electrical health of the heart while the echocardiogram shows the structural health of the heart and its valves.

Do health plans cover echocardiography?
Most health plans, HMO’s and Medicare cover echocardiography for established reasons.

How can I tell if my echocardiogram is being performed by qualified personnel?
The professionals involve in your echocardiogram should follow specific guidelined to provide high quality service. Check with them to see if the sonographer has passed a certification exam to receive an RDCS or RCS designation, the physician has passed the ASC exam for special competency in cardiac ultrasound and the lab is accredited by the intersocietal commission of Accreditation of echocardiographic laboratories (ICAEL).

TYPES OF ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY

CONVENTIONAL ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY
The conventional echocardiography usually performed is the transthoracic echo, which is performed by placing the probe on the outside of the chest wall with a gell-like substance to transmit sound waves into the body.

DOPPLER ECHOCARDIOGRAM
The Doppler echocardiogram evaluates blood flow in the heart and blood vessels this procedure measures the speed and direction of the blood flow within the heart. It evaluates the four valves for leaks or other abnormalities.

STRESS ECHOCARDIOGRAM
The stress echocardiogram combines the echo exam with a treadmill or bike exercise test, or medication that simulates the effect of exercise on the heart.

CONTRAST ECHOCARDIOGRAM
The contrast echocardiogram combines an echocardiogram with an administration, through a vein, of a sterile contrast solution, which allows visualization of the inside of the heart. This is a harmless agent that has no known side effects.

TRANSESOPHAGEAL ECHO
Transesophageal echo is a form of echo where a miniature ultrasound camera is passed down the esophagus or food pipe behind the heart. This allows the physician to obtain very high quality images.
 

 
     
 

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