Echocardiography is the examination of heart structure and performance via sound waves (ultrasound). Since it is a method without including radiation and there isn’t any medication used during the procedure, it can be applied to everyone including pregnant women and newborn babies without any risk and pain.
The patient is asked to lie on a stretcher during the procedure. The equipment which has insulator property and water-based gels spread on it called probe which sends sound waves is put on the chest region by doctor in various positions and allows to display the heart. Very detailed measurements and analyses were performed on these images.
Diagnosis of the all structural heart diseases (heart enlargement, cardiac muscular diseases, valvular heart diseases, hypertensive heart diseases, heart failure, pericardium diseases, intra cardiac masses, clots, heart tumors, congenital heart abnormalities, diseases of the largest diameter vessel in the body called aorta) are made with echocardiography. There isn’t any preparation needed for echocardiography. However, it is appropriate to wear a comfortable dressing while coming to your echocardiography appointment. Also, a request document from the doctor of the patient who decided to the procedure including what purpose the procedure will be done and patient’s medical information should be obtained and should be delivered to the doctor who will perform echocardiography.
Echocardiography is a routine method. You don’t need a specific preparation while coming to the appointment. Its result is given just after the test.