- Assess your heart structure. (such as chamber size and the heart valves)
- Evaluate your heart function. (such as valves stenosis, congenital heart defects or atrial tumors)
- Assess the pericardial status (to detect any abnormal fluid near your heart)
Echocardiography is an investigation that uses sound waves to produce live images of your heart. The image is an echocardiogram. For the 2D ultrasound, they provide flatter, two-dimensional, black and white image. Our Centre provide 4D ultrasound which is an actual moving three-dimensional image of your heart. This investigation allows your doctor to monitor how your heart and its valves are functioning.
Your doctor may order an echocardiography for several reasons. For example, they may have discovered an abnormality from other testing or while listening to your heartbeat through astethoscope. If you have an irregular heartbeat, your doctor may want to inspect the heart valves or chambers or check your heart’s ability to pump. They may also order one if you’re showing signs of heart problems, such as chest pain or shortness of breath.
This investigation is suitable for all of you.
- We will roll up your top above the chest and spread some gel over your chest.
- The doctor will press an USG probe (a plastic device) firmly against your skin over the chest. You may feel a little bit discomfort, but not painful at all
- The nurse will dim the lights for the doctor to see a better image from the monitor.
- After the procedure, nurse will help you clear the gel from your chest.
- Under most circumstances, the procedure takes 10-20 minutes.
- You are not required to fast or stay in hospital overnight.
Ultrasound is painless, noninvasive, and involves no exposure to radiation. There are no associated risks.
Echocardiogram is a safe, time saving and non-invasive procedure. With our advanced machine, most of the image of heart chambers can be clearly see and obtained.