Echocardiogram at Medical City Plano

This noninvasive test uses sound waves to create images of your heart. During an echocardiogram, your doctor can study how your heart is beating and pumping blood.

  • Transthoracic echocardiogram - There are no special preparations to make before this test. A technician will spread gel on your skin and then press a wand (called a transducer) on your chest. The transducer aims an ultrasound toward your heart and records sound wave echoes from your heart. These echoes are then converted into images that your physician can review.
  • Transesophageal echocardiogram - In some cases, your doctor may not be able to get clear images of your heart with a standard echocardiogram, so a transesophageal echocardiogram may be the solution. Before this procedure, you may be advised not to eat or drink for a few hours. Your throat will be numbed and you will be given medications that will help you relax. During the exam, your doctor will thread a flexible tube that contains a small transducer down your throat and into your esophagus. From that position, the transducer can record images of your heart.
  • 3D Echocardiogram with Strain Rate evaluation - The goal is quick and accurate diagnosis the first time and in less time. Premium ultrasound today demands improved clinical information from each scan, faster and more consistent exams that are easier to perform, and a higher level of confidence, even for technically difficult patients. This advanced imagining allows us to measure the stress that some chemotherapy drugs make that affects the heart muscle negatively.

After a transthoracic echocardiogram, you are free to resume regular activities However, because of the medication needed for a transesophageal echocardiogram, you may need an hour or two to recover and you should have someone else drive you home.