Echocardiography (ECG/EKG) In Atlanta
An echocardiogram is an ultrasound examination of the heart. Using an ultrasound source on the chest, a real-time image of the heart is obtained. In addition, Doppler echo and a single-dimension image known as M-mode echo can help obtain further information about the heart. Electrodes are applied for EKG recording and gel is applied on the chest to improve image quality.
An echocardiographer will obtain images of the heart and store them for the cardiologist to review. The test typically takes about 30 minutes and there is no preparation involved. An echocardiogram is a very powerful diagnostic tool and can give very accurate information regarding heart size, structure, and function.