At a glance..
An echocardiogram is an ultrasound examination of the heart. It is sometimes referred to as a cardiac ultrasound or just 'ECHO' for short. Echocardiograms provide images of the heart as well as information on how well blood is circulating. Echocardiograms are performed by an echocardiographer or a cardiologist and are completely non-invasive.
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An ideal test for investigation of Heart Murmurs, symptoms of Breathlessness, assessment of heart valves and to look for signs of Hypertrophy (Thickening of heart muscle) or Cardiomyopathy. It looks at the function of the heart muscle and valves without detailed Doppler analysis.
How does it work?
A painless beam of ultrasound energy is passed from a small transducer operated by a radiographer, cardiologist or cardiac technician. The beam deflects from the structures of the heart and the reflection of the wave is detected by a receiver contained within the transducer. This ultrasound reflection is similar to radar, and is transferred into a sophisticated computer which then illustrates the structures of the heart in 'real time' on a computer monitor, allowing the echocardiographer to see the heart and how well it functions.
What does the test entail?
Once you have scheduled the appointment you will be sent details on when and where it will take place. An Echocardiogram is a quick and painless test that takes approximately 20 minutes of your time.
On arrival at our test centre you will need to register (unless already registered). You will be shown into the Echo room and the Echocardiographer will take down your details and then will then be asked to remove any clothing over your chest and electrodes connected to your chest.
During an ECHO, the patient is undressed so that the chest wall is free from any clothing that might interfere with the ultrasound beam. Some ultrasound gel is then applied to a small handheld probe, to improve contact between the probe and the patient. You may be asked to lie on one side so that the heart moves into a better position for images to be captured.
The Echo will be acquired over a few minutes and a report forwarded electronically to the reporting Consultant Cardiologist who will issue a report. You can ask to have the print out of the Echocardiogram and report in due course either by email or post.
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GP and Physicians can refer here..
Doctors can refer their patient's for an Echocardiogram with a referral letter faxed to us 01483 467120 or posted to:
5 Huxley Road, Guildford GU2 7RE
Alternatively use our secure digital medical referral form.
Even easier, these tests may also be booked and arranged by the patient for themself using our SelfR system