This exam is to assess the circulation and muscle motion of the heart. Ultrasound images of the heart will show the movement of the blood in each heart chamber and as it passes the heart valves. The heart chambers and heart walls are measured for size. The motion of the heart is documented for heart function. The exam time is approximately 30 minutes. There is no prep for this exam.
- You will be asked to disrobe from the waist up and given a gown to wear. The technologist will then hook up an EKG monitor to you for the entire exam.
- You will then have an ultrasound of your heart (echocardiogram) to assess the heart muscle, heart valves and heart function.