- Meet The Team
- Dental Practitioners: Dental care in children at risk of Infective Endocarditis
- Looking after your child’s oral health
- Coming for an echocardiogram
- Outpatient Appointments
- Preparing to Come into Hospital for Surgery
- On Admission to the Children's Ward
- Operation Day
- Children's Intensive Care
- Daily Routine on Intensive Care
- Managing your child's discomfort
- Going Home
- Children's Cardiac MRI Scan
- Cardiac Catheter
- Reveal Device
- Ablation Procedure
- INR and Warfarin
- Lifestyle and Exercise Advice
- School Advice
- Yorkshire Regional Genetic Service
- Advice & Support Groups
- Your Views
- Monitoring of Results
- Second Opinion
Coming for an echocardiogram
Your child’s Cardiology Consultant 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. It is painless and has no side effects.
Why is it being done?
An echocardiogram gives your consultant information about the structure and function of your heart.
What does it involve?
The echocardiogram is usually done by a sonographer or sometimes your child’s consultant. If done by the consultant any questions you have will be answered at the same time. If the scan is done by the sonographer your child will see the consultant afterwards to discuss results and answer any questions.
• Sometimes stickers will be attached to your child’s chest and connected to the echo machine to monitor your child’s heart rate.
• An ultrasound probe covered in a small amount of gel will be placed on the chest and moved around to get different images.
• There may be sounds coming from the machine that represent the blood flow through the heart.
Are there any special precautions that my child needs to take before the echocardiogram?
No. They can eat and drink as normal and take their normal medication.
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.