Coming for an echocardiogram

  • Your Doctor has decided that your child should have an Echocardiogram

    What is it?

    An echocardiogram or ‘echo’ is a scan that uses ultrasound (sound waves) to produce pictures of the heart.

    The test is painless and without side effects. It does not use radioactivity.

    Why is it being done?

    An echocardiogram gives your Doctor information about the structure and function of your heart.

    What does it involve?

    The person performing the test is called a Sonographer. The Sonographer will usually not be a doctor. This means that some questions you may have about the result may have to wait until you see your doctor in clinic.

    Sometimes stickers will be attached to your chest and connected to the machine. These will be used to monitor your child heart rate during the test.

    An ultrasound probe covered by a small amount of gel is placed gently on the centre of your child’s chest and will be moved to different positions.

    During the echocardiogram you will hear sounds coming from the machine, which represent blood flow through the heart.

    Are there any special precautions that my child needs to take before the echocardiogram?

    No. You can take all your medication as normal. You can eat and drink as normal.

    At the end of your echocardiogram

    Once the echocardiogram is complete your child can get dressed and leave. There are no limitations to what you can do after the scan.