Echocardiography is an ultrasound test used to evaluate the
structure and function of the heart. The resulting image is called
an echocardiogram. The procedure uses sound waves which reflect off
the heart and heart valves providing a picture of the heart size,
valves and wall motion.
• There is generally no preparation required for this test, unless
you are instructed otherwise.
• An oil or gel is applied to the skin over the heart and then an
ultrasound transducer (the device that converts the sounds of the
heart to pictures) is placed on your chest.
• The technician moves the transducer into various positions to
provide different views of the beating heart.
• The test usually lasts 10 to 30 minutes.
• You will be able to drive yourself after the procedure.
• This is a non-invasive test, which is associated with virtually no
• A few people experience fatigue or soreness from lying still for
the duration of the procedure
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