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Echocardiogram (transthoracic)

Echocardiogram (transthoracic)

A transthoracic echocardiogram is an ultrasound of your heart performed by one of our highly qualified and experienced Sonographers.

 

The test uses sound waves and is safe not involving any radiation. The examination is used to identify structures within the heart including the size and position of the chambers, as well as assessing the pumping efficiency (ejection fraction) and valvular function.

 

Common reasons for having an echocardiogram include palpitations, dizziness, shortness of breath, murmurs and patients who have known heart disease.

 

During the test ECG electrodes will be attached to your chest to monitor the heart rhythm. Gel will be applied to your chest and a transducer will be moved across various positions to obtain the full sequence of images required. One of our Cardiologists with specialty training in Cardiac Imaging will then complete a comprehensive report for your referring Doctor.

 

This is a non-invasive test performed in our diagnostics room.