An echocardiography ultrasound obtains images of the heart (also called an echocardiogram or ECHO) using a wand-like transducer or probe that emits high-frequency sound waves to evaluate heart structure and function. A registered cardiac sonographer will move the transducer across your chest and a computer will convert echoes from sound waves into pictures of your heart onto a screen. Your exam and the results are interpreted by a radiologist.
Your referring practitioner can use the results from your echocardiogram to assess heart structure and function in order to investigate:
We do our best to have our radiologists interpret the information and forward the results to your doctor by the next business day.
This exam is covered under your Alberta Health Care Plan. It is not currently offered at our Saskatchewan clinic.
Please ensure that you bring your requisition with you to your appointment.