Echocardiography Ultrasound, also known as an echocardiogram, echo, or heart ultrasound, is a test that helps your doctor assess the overall function of your heart, using moving images. During this exam a cardiac sonographer will place three electrodes on your chest. The electrodes are connected to an electrocardiograph monitor (ECG or EKG) that charts your heart’s activity.
Then your sonographer will ask you to lay on your left side on an exam table and place a tranducer on several areas of your chest. The transducer has gel on it that helps the sonographer produce clearer pictures. Tests are approximate, but you can usually expect around 40 minutes. After your exam your doctor will be able to review the test results.
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