Echocardiogram

Lake Imaging offers Echocardiograms at:

About Echocardiograms

A Transthoracic Echocardiogram, also called an echo, is a complex, non-invasive examination that uses ultrasound to image the heart. This examination provides detailed live images of the heart's muscle pump and the valves, and gives a highly accurate assessment of the overall health of your heart. An Echocardiogram is not used to assess the coronary arteries.

 

Before your scan

No preparation is required for this examination.

Please bring:
  • Your request form
  • Any relevant previous imaging in your possession
  • Your Medicare card and any concession cards

 

During your scan

What to expect during my procedure:

Once you arrive at Lake Imaging, you may be asked by the sonographer to change into a gown and to lie on an examination table. You will be covered during your examination except for the area required to be examined. The sonographer who will perform your examination will apply a warm layer of gel to your chest. This allows for good contact between the skin and the ultrasound transducer. You may be required to move into different positions or to hold your breath from time to time so the best images can be obtained. The examination should take approximately 30 to 40 minutes to complete.

Risks and side effects:

There are no known side effects from having an echocardiogram because no radiation is involved and the images are created by high-frequency sound waves.
To further enhance patient safety all echocardiograms at Lake Imaging are performed by accredited cardiac sonographers and reviewed by cardiologists or cardiac physicians.
It is best practice that all echocardiograms are performed by accredited cardiac sonographer, and only performed when clinically indicated.

Who will perform and report my examination:

At Lake Imaging your ultrasound will be carried out by a cardiac sonographer (a technologist trained in cardiac ultrasound imaging and accredited by the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR), and your images will be reviewed and reported by a medical doctor specialising in the interpretation of cardiac ultrasound.

 

After your scan

What to expect after my procedure:

There are no after effects from this examination and you can resume your normal activities immediately.

How do I obtain my results?

If your echocardiogram results are required urgently, or you have an appointment straight after your scan with your referring doctor or, Lake Imaging will arrange to have your results available as soon as possible. Otherwise your referring doctor or health care provider will receive your report within 3-4 working days after your examination.

Please ensure that you make a follow up appointment with your referring doctor or health care provider to discuss your results.