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Echocardiography


Radimed is proud to offer the service of echocardiography, under the supervision of cardiologists


Description

Cardiac Ultrasound (echocardiography) is a medical imaging examination that allows the study of the anatomy and functioning of the heart with the help of ultrasound. This is the basic examination to view and evaluate the various cardiac structures (heart muscle, valves, heart chambers, pericardium and great vessels).

Your doctor will recommend the exam if heart murmur is detected. The exam is also recommended to assess heart function and cardiac muscle (e.g. prior infarct). The exam allows visualizing that cardiac vessels function well. The pericardium can also be visualized, in order to see if water is present between the heart and its enclosure (pericardial effusion) or if inflammation (pericarditis) is present. The exam is also helpful to diagnose congenital defects (e.g. a hole in the heart).

Echocardiography is associated with the cardiac Doppler that allows the analysis of blood flow within the heart as well as the blood flow in the large vessels (aorta, vena cava, arteries and pulmonary veins).

Indications

  • Evaluation of the heart muscle function as well as the size and volume of the heart chambers
  • Evaluation of various valves looking for leaks or narrowing
  • Evaluation of the pericardium (lining of the heart)
  • Monitoring of valve prostheses
  • Evaluation of congenital heart defects in adults
  • Evaluation of the repercussion on the heart of various systemic diseases (lupus, scleroderma, hypothyroidism, sarcoidosis, neoplasia…)

Procedure

First the patient lies on the left side and then on the back on the examination table. The technician will attach sticky patches, and then the electrodes are connected to an echocardiography machine, which will provide us with an electrocardiogram at the same time as the heart images. The technician obtains different images of the heart as the probe scans different areas over the thorax. This exam presents no risks and it is painless. The cardiologist will then interpret the images. The referring doctor is responsible for the follow-up.

Examination duration 30 minutes


Examinations NOT COVERED by the RAMQ


PREPARATION

No preparation is necessary beforehand. You may eat and take your medication as usual.