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echoEchocardiogram (Echo)


What is an Echocardiogram?


An echocardiogram, or “echo” as it is commonly referred to, is an ultrasound of your heart.  Sound waves are used to produce an image of your heart.  From these images, the size, function and structure of your heart muscle and valves can be assessed.  We can also provide information about the pressures within your heart and lungs.





How is the Echocardiogram done?

    • The Sonographer will ask you to remove all items of clothing from the waist up; ladies will be provided with a gown.  Three small electrodes and wires will be placed on your chest so we can monitor your heart rate.  You will be asked to lie on your left side and the lights will be turned down.
    • A small transducer with gel on the end will be placed on various positions on your chest.  The transducer is positioned in between ribs and a small amount of pressure is needed to obtain quality images.  During the procedure the Sonographer will ask you to change your position and you may be asked to hold your breath.
    • There are no known risks associated with echocardiograms, as there is no x-ray or radiation involved.  You will not feel anything from the ultrasound, however, some people experience slight discomfort due to the position of the transducer in between ribs.
    • The test will take approximately 45 minutes.

How do I prepare for the test?

    • There are no special requirements prior to the test.
    • Take all your medications as prescribed, unless otherwise instructed by your doctor. 

When will I receive my results?

A Cardiologist will review your scan and it will generally be reported on that day.  The results of your test will be sent to your referring doctor for discussion.  If you will be seeing your doctor within 24 hours of having the test, please advise reception staff and the Sonographer.


What do I need to bring to my appointment?

    • Your referral from your GP or referring specialist (if it is not already held by us). 
    • A list of your current medications and dosages
    • Any previous x-rays or test results relating to your current condition

Please ensure you present at reception 10-15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time, to ensure sufficient time to complete any paperwork which may be required.


Confirmation of your appointment:
One of our receptionists will telephone you to confirm your appointment at least 2 days prior, however should you have not heard from us, we recommend you telephone us to confirm you will be attending.


If you are unable to attend your appointment, please telephone us at least 24 hours prior to the appointment date, so that the booking time may be filled.


Appointment Delays:
We do endeavour to keep to schedule, however as we are in a hospital environment our Doctors and/or Technicians may occasionally be called to an emergency.  Your understanding and patience will be appreciated.