An echocardiogram or ECHO is a test that uses sound waves to measure how heart muscle and valves are working. A transducer is put over the chest which sends ultrasound waves that bounce off the heart and thus creating images.
Always wear comfortable clothing that is easy to change or partially remove from the waist up.
Patient generally lies on his/her left side on the exam table.
A water-based gel is applied to the area where transducers will move to monitor the heart functionality.
A cardiologist or a cardio technician performing the procedure will run transducer across the chest area.