An Echocardiogram is a painless procedure for studying the structure and motion of the heart. Ultrasonic waves are directed through the heart and reflected back (echoed). This provides a visual image, which our cardiologists view.
Gel is applied to the chest and a transducer (wand-like apparatus) is moved over the chest area to produce an image of the internal structures of the heart. The test will take from 30 to 60 minutes depending on the patient’s condition. The test will help the doctor to evaluate how well the heart is functioning, how well the valves are working and the size of the heart and its pumping chambers (ventricles).
Special instructions are given at the time the appointment is made. The patient should plan to be in our office for about 1 hour. An Echocardiogram may be scheduled Monday through Friday at our Greensboro office.