During an echocardiography ultrasound (a.k.a. echocardiogram or ECHO), a registered cardiac sonographer employs pulses of high-frequency sound waves to evaluate the structure and function of the patient’s heart.
The practitioner moves a wand-like transducer across the skin of the patient’s chest and, as with a general ultrasound, echoes are produced and converted to images which appear on the ultrasound monitor, to be interpreted by the radiologist.
The echocardiogram results are used by your practitioner to assess the heart’s structure and function, in order to determine the following:
This procedure requires access to your bare chest, so you may be asked to change into gown for the course of this exam
Our radiologists will interpret your information and aim to forward the results to your doctor by the end of the next working day.
This exam is covered under your Alberta Health Care Plan.