Your ECHO will be conducted by a cardiologist, who will examine your heart images and modify the transducer to visualise additional views. The ECHO test includes M-mode echocardiography, Doppler echocardiography, colour echocardiography, and D-echocardiography. These tests precisely measure the heart’s internal structures and detect the blood flow condition, valve, heart chambers infection, etc. In addition, these tests provide images of heart structure in 2D and 3D, which covers the adjacent area around the heart. All these tests provide images of heart functioning and make it easy for the specialist to examine the abnormality and infections. Here is the test procedure described:
- While lying down on an examination table, a technician will put gel on your chest, followed by a transducer (a little instrument fashioned like a microphone). The transducer directs sound waves toward your heart.
- The waves bounce off the heart’s structures before returning to the transducer to be collected.
- A computer analyses them and displays a graphic representation of your heart thumping on a screen.
- The technician spins the transducer around to examine your heart from different angles.
- You may be asked to roll on your side or hold your breath for a few seconds during the exam.