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Pediatric Echocardiography

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What is an echocardiogram?

An echocardiogram, or ultrasound, uses sound waves to create an image of the heart as it works. It is a simple, painless and harmless procedure done in the same way that ultrasound pictures are taken of a fetus in a pregnant woman's womb.

Why is an echocardiogram done?

With an echocardiogram, we can watch how your child’s heart functions and look for and evaluate heart abnormalities, such as a heart murmur.

Preparing your child for an echo test

An echocardiogram is a harmless and painless test just like an ultrasound for a pregnant woman. You and your child will enter a darkened exam room where your child can lie down on a regular bed to relax.

During the procedure, warm ultrasound gel is applied to your child's chest and heart area. A small probe is placed in contact with the gel. The probe is placed in different spots near your child’s heart, so that the images can be taken from several viewpoints.

The echocardiogram is digitally recorded for immediate review by a Pediatric cardiologist at Primary Children's hospital. The images will be interpreted and the report given to the primary care or ordering physician.

Call 435-781-6822 to schedule a pediatric echo.

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