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Echocardiography

 

Test Overview

 
An echocardiogram (also called an echo) is a type of ultrasound test that uses high-pitched sound waves that are sent through a device called a transducer. The device picks up echoes of the sound waves as they bounce off the different parts of your heart. These echoes are turned into moving pictures of your heart that can be seen on a video screen.
 

The different types of echocardiograms are:

 
  • Transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE). This is the most common type. Views of the heart are obtained by moving the transducer to different locations on your chest or abdominal wall.
 

WHY IS THE TEST PERFORMED.

 
  • Look for the cause of abnormal heart sounds (murmurs or clicks), an enlarged heart,
  • unexplained chest pains, shortness of breath, or irregular heartbeats.
  • Check the thickness and movement of the heart wall.
  • Look at the heart valves and check how well they work.
  • See how well an artificial heart valve is working.
  • Measure the size and shape of the heart's chambers.
  • Check the ability of your heart chambers to pump blood (cardiac performance). During an echocardiogram, your doctor can calculate how much blood your heart is pumping during each heartbeat (ejection fraction). You might have a low ejection fraction if you have heart failure.
  • Detect a disease that affects the heart muscle and the way it pumps, such as cardiomyopathy.
  • Look for blood clots and tumours inside the heart.
 

A transthoracic echocardiogram may also be used to:

 
  • Look for congenital heart defects or to check the effectiveness of previous surgery to repair a congenital heart defect.
  • Check how well your heart works after a heart attack.
  • Identify the specific cause of heart failure.
  • Look for a collection of fluid around the heart (pericardial effusion).
  • Look for a thickening of the lining (pericardium) around the heart.
 
 
 
 

OUR COMPREHENSIVE RANGE OF SERVICES:

 
  • Radiology
  • Medical imaging
  • Ultrasound
  • X-rays
  • Echocardiography
  • Bone Densitometry
  • 3D/4D baby ultrasound
  • Obstetric ultrasound
  • Blood vessel ultrasound
  • IVF follicle tracking
  • Body Composition assessment
  • Fracture assessment risk
  • Paediatric Bone Densitometry