An echocardiogram (also called an echo) uses sound waves to make an image of your child's heart. A device called a transducer sends sound waves that echo off your child's heart and back to the transducer. These echoes are turned into moving pictures of your child's heart that can be seen on a video screen.
In a transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE), the transducer is moved across your child's chest or belly. A TTE is the most common type of echocardiogram.
This test is done to check your child's heart health. It's used for many reasons. Your doctor may use an echocardiogram to look for:
It's important that your child lie still during this test. In some cases, the doctor may give a child medicine to relax him or her.
This test usually takes 30 to 60 minutes.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines your child takes. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your child's test results.
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Current as of: September 21, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Rakesh K. Pai, MD - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
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