At a glance..
Our Screening Echocardiogram is a simpler and lower cost ultrasound test of the heart that is offered for patients without clear symptoms or signs of heart disease.
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An ideal tool for health screening or just for peace of mind, our screening echocardiogram is a simplified form of a full echocardiogram. It looks at the function of the heart muscle and valves without detailed Doppler analysis.
In the event of the screening echocardiogram identifying a potential abnormality, your Echocardiographer may recommend proceeding immediately to a full Colour Doppler Echocardiogram so as to save you being re-referred for the full examination. In such cases this test would be charged as a full Echocardiogram.
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.
Download our echocardiogram fact sheet
Please note that all patients undergoing a screening Echocardiogram as part of HeartScreen plus Silver will be asked when registering whether, in the event of the Echocardiogram picking up an abnormality that requires a full Echocardiogram, they would like the Cardiac Technologist to proceed immediately (time allowing ) to a full Colour Doppler Echocardiogram, which will take another 15 minutes at an additional cost of £160. The fee supplement includes the Cardiologist Echocardiogram report.
This policy means that in the interests of time and expense, only patients with an abnormal screening echocardiogram will need to undergo a full detailed Doppler Echocardiogram
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GP and Physicians can refer here..
Doctors can refer their patient's for a Screening 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 using the Refer yourself link below.