Echocardiograms are non-invasive (the skin is not pierced) techniques used to evaluate the structure and function of the heart. Sound waves are sent out by a transducer (a microphone) at a frequency that can’t be heard during the procedure. Transducers are placed for 2D and 3D echo tests on the chest at various angles and locations, causing sound waves to travel through the skin and other body tissues to the heart tissues, where they bounce off of the heart structures. The sound waves are relayed to a computer that can create a moving image of the walls and valves in the heart. CARE Hospitals specializes in Echocardiogram Test in Hyderabad.
2-D (two-dimensional) echocardiography: By using this technique, the heart structures are actually seen moving. A two-dimensional image of the heart is displayed on the monitor in a cone-shaped image, showing the motion of its structures in real time. Doctors can see and evaluate each of the heart’s structures in action by doing a 2D echo test.
3-D (three-dimensional) echocardiography: A three-dimensional echo provides a more detailed view of heart structures than a two-dimensional echo. When using a live or “real-time” image of the heart, measurements can be taken with the heart beating in order to provide the most accurate assessment of the heart function. A person who has heart disease can use the 3D echo to determine whether his or her treatment plan is appropriate based on the heart’s anatomy.
Fetal echocardiography: It is similar to a normal echo test. However, it is performed during pregnancy to evaluate the heart's function of the unborn baby. It is safe for both the mother and the baby as there is no radiation given to perform this test. CARE Hospitals is the Best Hospital for Fetal Echocardiography in Hyderabad and ensures quality care services for our patients.
Two-dimensional (2D) echocardiograms are diagnostic tests that produce images of the heart, the para-cardiac structures, and the blood vessels within the heart. It passes through the skin, reaches the organs inside, and forms clear images without causing any damage.
What are the benefits of a 2D echo test?
Identifies blood clots in the heart.
Detects any fluid in the sac surrounding the heart.
Determines if the artery is blocked by fat accumulation, atherosclerosis, or an aneurysm.
Identifies problems with the aorta (the main artery that connects the heart to the rest of the body).
Gives an idea of the heart's function before heart valve surgery.
How is a 2D echo test done?
Usually, it takes less than an hour to complete the procedure, which is quick and painless.
The following happens during a 2D echo test:
The heart’s electrical activity is monitored by placing soft, sticky patches on your chest called electrodes.
Some gel is applied in order to conduct the 2d echo on your chest. As a result, sonar waves are able to reach your heart more efficiently.
In order to get a clear image of your heart on the screen, a handheld device called a transducer is then moved over the area where the gel has been applied.
The computer displays your heart's image on the screen based on the echoes coming from the transducer.
After the test is completed, the gel is wiped off and you are ready to go.
These reports will then be examined by a doctor or cardiologist to determine if there are any abnormalities in your heart’s function.
Preparation for the 2D echo:
Before a 2D echo, your doctor may ask you to refrain from eating for a few hours.
Make sure you ask your doctor if a treadmill test will be performed in conjunction with the 2D echo. Ensure that you have comfortable running shoes on hand.
A three-dimensional (3-D) echocardiogram creates a 3-D image of your heart either via the transoesophageal (a probe sent into your esophagus) or transthoracic (a probe is placed on the chest or abdomen) route. The procedure involves multiple images taken from various angles. For children, echocardiography is performed to diagnose or rule out heart disease.
Here is what you can expect:
Occasionally, a doctor will use a contrast agent for a better view of the heart. The contrast agent will be injected into the patient during the scan.
A three-dimensional echocardiogram (3D echo) is done in the following way:
This is the gated combination of many 2D planes.
The combined 2D echo plates are joined together by the computer device to form a 3D structure.
An image with height and depth measurements is produced by surface rendering the combined figure.
What are the benefits of 3D echo?
Improved visualization of the heart structures in different and unique planes
Determines the heart function accurately
The importance of this test:
Cardiologists and surgeons are concerned about the test results in the following ways:
Guidance is provided in our labs. When studying the heart and experimenting with new valves, 3D echo tests are very useful.
Before any operation takes place, the surgeon is presented with a unique mitral view that helps them determine where valve disease is present in order to narrow the surgical approach.
Together, these two methods help to integrate the different modalities into a simpler study, and with the different dimensions of the heart, it helps cardiologists and surgeons to know the patient’s condition.
We at CARE Hospitals provide 2D/3D ECHO Test in Hyderabad and understand the importance of diagnostic and monitoring tests, as well as the mental stress that patients undergo before and during these tests. We have the best and most advanced technology to perform 2D echo test in Hyderabad and in other units of CARE Hospitals, to make the process easier, quicker, and more profitable for all our patients. We have best-in-class infrastructure and machinery in conjunction with the most experienced and trained professionals.
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