Echocardiogram (ECHO)

Ultrasound is one of the most widely used diagnostic procedures available. It provides a safe, non-invasive and virtually painless means of observing soft tissue anatomy on an outpatient basis.

An echocardiogram is a safe, non-invasive ultrasound imaging procedure used to assess cardiac function. Echocardiography allows doctors to visualize the anatomy, structure, and function of the heart. The echocardiogram can show:

  • all four chambers of the heart
  • the heart valves
  • the blood vessels entering leaving the heart
  • the sack around the heart.

It can lead to a quick diagnosis of heart valve problems or abnormal flow within the heart.