An Echocardiography (or "Echo") is a painless test that uses sound waves to create moving images of your heart. It is used to assess how your heart muscle and valves are working.
How should I prepare for an echocardiogram?
There is no preparation for an echocardiogram.
On the day of your appointment
Radiology Victoria's friendly staff will greet you on arrival and take your referral form.
The echo technologist will ask you to lie on a bed and will use a transducer (hand-held device which produces and receives sound waves) to acquire the images.
Once the examination is complete, the clear ultrasound gel will be wiped from your skin.
How long does an echocardiogram take?
Echocardiograms are usually completed within 30 minutes.
The report will be sent to your referring doctor promptly.