Echocardiogram

Why use an echocardiogram to look at the heart?

If you might have a heart problem, your doctor may recommend an echocardiogram. Echocardiograms use sound waves to take pictures of the heart. The images from an echocardiogram are extremely detailed. The images show heart anatomy as well as heart function. The images show how well the heart contracts and relaxes during each heartbeat, and also show how the heart valves are functioning. Because echocardiograms do not use harmful radiation to take pictures, they are safer than X-rays or CT scans.

Description

Complete Diagnostic Echocardiogram
This procedure involves lying on a stretcher for about 45-60 minutes while the echocardiography technologist takes pictures of your heart.

The pictures are very detailed, showing the valves, ventricles, atria, major blood vessels, heart contraction and relaxation, and smaller anatomic structures in the heart. Pictures are obtained using conventional echocardiography techniques as well as advanced 3D and 4D echocardiography technology not available in most hospitals.

This test is often requested by a doctor when their patient has any of the following symptoms: shortness of breath, a history of heart disease, high blood pressure, heart murmurs, stroke or stroke-like symptoms, heart rhythm problems, chest pain, heart surgery, fatigue, episodes of fainting, heart failure, a family history of heart problems or abnormalities detected on other heart tests.

After the test is done, the images are reviewed by a radiologist (a specialist physician). The radiologist writes a report that describes what the echocardiogram showed. The report is then sent to your doctor and to you if you would like a copy. Reports are normally issued within one to two business days of the echocardiogram. If you need a report right away (same day) that can be arranged, please let our staff know when you schedule your appointment.

 
Time: 60 min
Cost: $375.00
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Additional Information
Doctor Referral Required: Yes
Includes: Images on a CD or USB, Radiologist Report
Includes Assessment of:
  • Ventricles
  • Atria
  • Valve Leaks
  • Heart Contraction
  • Heart Relaxation
  • Chamber Sizes
  • Heart Rhythm
  • Heart Pressures
  • Valve Narrowing
  • Regional Heart Muscle Function
  • Heart Strain
  • 3D and 4D Imaging
What Does an Echocardiogram Show?

The echocardiogram offered by Access MRI gives your doctor a highly detailed diagnostic assessment of your heart. Heart contraction, relaxation and the function of heart valves is assessed.

Access MRI uses conventional echocardiography techniques as well as 3D and 4D ultrasound scan technology. 3D and 4D ultrasound technology is not available at most hospitals
What Does an Echocardiogram Cost?

$375

When multiple diagnostic exams are required, we offer a 15% discount. Select a date to book your echocardiogram today.

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