Common Reasons For Testing
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Abnormal EKG
- Heart murmur
What to Expect
- This test uses Doppler ultrasound and is done to detect abnormalities of the heart muscle and valves.
- All testing is performed by a Registered Vascular or Cardiac Sonographer.
- Electrodes are placed in 3 areas on your chest to detect the heart rhythm.
- Gel is placed on the chest and a transducer is used in different areas visualize the heart and all structures in the heart.
- In some cases, your lungs, ribs, or body tissue may prevent the sound waves and echoes from providing a clear picture of the heart function. If this is a problem, the sonographer may ask the nurse to start and IV and inject a small amount of an image enhancer. This helps to line the inside chamber of the heart and creates a better picture.
- Exam time: 30-60 minutes.