What Happens During the Echocardiogram?
Trained technicians do the echo tests. You may have your test done in your doctor’s office, an emergency room, an operating room, an emergency clinic facility or a medical clinic room. The test takes about an hour.
- You lie on a table and a technician places small metal disks on your chest. The disks have wires that hook to an electrocardiograph machine. An electrocardiogram monitors your pulse during your test.
- The room is dark so your specialist can better see the video screen.
- Your specialist puts gel on your chest to help sound waves go through your skin.
- Your professional may request that you move or hold your breath quickly to show signs of improvement pictures.
- The test (transducer) is passed over your chest. The test produces sound waves that skip off your heart and “echo” back to the test.
- The sound waves are changed into pictures and shown on a video screen. The photos on the video screen are recorded so your PCP can take a gander at them later.