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Trans Thoracic Echocardiogram

Trans Thoracic Echocardiogram in Patchogue, New Hyde Park & Hicksville

Echocardiogram (Transthoracic Echocardiogram) is the ultrasound examination of the heart. This is a noninvasive procedure and is performed by using a probe with gel applied over the chest.

Why It Is Done

  • Detect structural abnormalities
  • Assess the pumping strength of the heart
  • Evaluate suspected heart valve abnormalities
  • Evaluate fluid outside of the heart (pericardial effusion)

How It Is Performed

  • You will be asked to change into a gown for this test.
  • Approximate time taken for the procedure is 30 minutes.
  • Results are usually available the same day.

Preparation

  • No preparation is necessary for this test.

Risks

  • No known risks. There may be some discomfort on the chest wall from the pressure applied by the probe. This does not have any lasting consequence.