It is performed for the diagnosis of heart diseases. It is especially used to assess disorders of the heart valves. In this procedure, images of heart valves and muscles are created via ultrasound waves.
Special features of echocardiography
The patient has to lie down bare-chested on the examination table. The gel is put on the chest so that the transducer or probe can move smoothly over the chest. A transducer is a device that is attached to a flexible cable, is actually a modified microphone that directs ultrasound waves into the person’s chest.
The procedure takes approximately 15-30 minutes. It can be done in an outpatient imaging center or at a hospital’s cardiology department.