Two-Dimensional Echocardiography - 2D ECHO / 2D Colour Doppler
Two-dimensional echocardiography can provide excellent images of the heart, paracardiac structures, and the great vessels. During a standard echo, the sound waves are directed to the heart from a small hand-held device called a transducer, which sends and receives signals. Heart walls and valves reflect part of the sound waves back to the transducer to produce pictures of the heart. These images appear in black and white and in color on a TV screen. They're selectively recorded on videotape and special paper, and later reviewed and interpreted by a cardiologist (heart specialist).
A Doppler echo is often done at the same time in order to determine how the blood flows in your heart. The swishing sounds you hear during the test indicate blood flowing through the valves and chambers.
Equipment used at We Care India partner centres and hospitals : -
- ATL 5000 2D Echo Colour Doppler
- GE VIVID
Highlights : -
- Carotid colour doppler
- Peripheral arterial & venous colour doppler
- Abdominal Colour Doppler
- Pregnancy Colour doppler
Patient Benefits : -
- Faster Examination
- High resolution images for detection of subtle abnormalities.
- Vascular information
How Is It Performed ?
The echocardiogram will be performed and recorded by a specially trained sonographer. It usually takes approximately one-half hour. Since the transducer must be placed directly on the chest wall or upper abdomen, you will be asked to disrobe from the waist up.
At times during the test you may be asked to hold your breath, change position or refrain from talking in order to get a better picture. The sonographer will tell you if this is necessary.
Is It Dangerous ?
Ultrasound cannot be felt and does not hurt. There are no known harmful or proven side effects from ultrasound. If you are pregnant during the time an echocardiogram is performed there is no known danger to either mother or baby from this procedure.
What Are The Procedures Involved That One Should Know About Before hand?
To improve the quality of the picture, a harmless, odorless and water-soluble gel is applied to the area of your skin where the transducer will be placed. This may feel cool and a bit moist, but the gel will be wiped off thoroughly after the examination.
During the procedure you might feel a slight pressure and/or vibrations from the transducer. This should not be painful. Tell the sonographer if you become uncomfortable. Tthe room lights will be dimmed to reduce any glare and to better see the monitor.
What Happens After The Procedure?
Although the sonographer who is performing this test may explain what is being seen on the screen as the examination is in progress, it is essential to obtain precise measurements from the paper and videotape recordings. If you have had previous echocardiograms, the new ones will be compared with those and the cardiologist will analyze any differences.
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