Features May 2016 Issue

Echocardiography Plays a Key Role in Diagnosing Heart Disease

An echocardiogram can reveal the four chambers of the heart, its valves, and its pumping function. Using sound waves, an echocardiogram creates a moving image of the heart.

Echocardiography Plays a Key Role in Diagnosing Heart Disease

Concerns about the imaging technique’s possible overuse appear to be misplaced. Research suggests it’s not used in enough patients who need it.

Echocardiography is a non-invasive procedure. Typically, it’s done while you lie on your back or your left side. A special “jelly” is placed on a probe, which is moved around your chest by a trained sonographer. Ultra-high frequency sound waves are used to create images that appear on a nearby video screen.

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