Echocardiogram (2D)

SJRA Imaging Services

An echocardiogram, or echo test is a safe, noninvasive test that uses ultrasound (sound waves) to evaluate the structures, function, and blood flow to the heart. This test is ordinarily done to look for evidence of previous heart muscle damage and to find out if there are areas of the heart muscle which have impaired blood supply.

You will lie on a table on your left side to enhance viewing of the heart. Pads called electrodes for obtaining the heart’s electrical pattern are placed on your chest. An instrument called a transducer is placed on the left side of your chest and tilted at different places with gel. The gel may be slightly cool and slight pressure may be felt from the transducer. You may be asked to hold your breath at times so that the technologist can obtain clearer views of the heart.

There is no special pre-test preparation.

The echo takes 20 minutes.

All of our centers are fully accredited by the American College of Radiology.