This is an ultrasound scan of the heart. It is used to check anomalies (congenital and acquired) concerning the chambers, the valves, the wall and the enclosing sac (pericardium) of the heart. It is safe for everyone (children and adults).
Adult echocardiography is ultrasonography used to evaluate the anatomical structure and function of the heart and great vessels in Adults. An echocardiogram is a test that uses sound waves (ultrasound) to create images of the heart. At Everight, we have a dedicated 4D Ultrasound Machine with experienced Consultant Cardiologists for Echocardiography examinations. Some indications/reasons for doing an Echocardiography will include the following:
Pediatric echocardiography is ultrasonography used to evaluate the anatomical structure and function of the heart in children. An echocardiogram is a test that uses sound waves (ultrasound) to create images of the heart. Echocardiography is the most common test used in children to diagnose or rule out heart disease and also to follow children who have already been diagnosed with a heart problem. This test can be performed on children of all ages and sizes including foetuses and newborns. Echocardiography diagnoses cardiac problems and also guides heart surgery and complex cardiac catheterizations. Several cardiac conditions may be detected by echocardiography, including the following:
The ultrasound test is done with your child lying down comfortably on a bed. Infants may be able to lie in their parent’s lap. A small amount of clear gel is used between the transducer and chest to make sure there is proper contact. The gel doesn’t stain and is wiped off when the test is over. You’ll be able to see and hear the beating heart, as well as the flow of blood.
Echocardiographic examinations take 20 to 40 minutes. It is important for the child to remain still to obtain an examination of acceptable quality. Younger children may require sedation to allow the cardiologist to obtain a complete study. If sedation is needed, the child will be asked not to eat or drink for several hours prior to testing. Older children and teenagers usually don’t need sedation and may enjoy watching the test. Except for allowing for the possibility of sedation, you don’t need to make any special preparations.
Does it hurt?
No. No feeling comes from the sound waves themselves. Occasionally there’s mild discomfort from the transducer pressing on the skin.
Is it harmful?
No. There are no known ill effects of the sound waves used during a standard echocardiogram.