Echocardiogram is the ultrasound/sonar picture of the heart that is made by placing the probe over the heart and showing the size and shape and the motion of the heart. Ultrasound is a very high-frequency sound that you cannot hear but it can be emitted and detected by special machines. The scan can give accurate pictures of the heart muscle, the heart chambers and structures within the heart such as the valves. An Echocardiogram can be carried out for many different reasons. It may be done to check how well your heart is working after a heart attack, or to look at how well the valves are moving inside the heart. An Echocardiogram can also help to see any fluid that may have collected around the heart.
The patient lies on the table and the exam is painless and takes 20 to 40 min. The "echo" as it is called short for echocardiogram, also shows details of the blood flow across the valves and thru the heart and some of the pressures within the heart. The heart muscle itelf is observed for proper contraction and motion and the amount of blood pumped can be measured, which is called the Ejection Fraction. Inflammation around the heart, as well as clots within the heart can be detected. The heart function and the valve functions are also evaluated after heart surgery. The heart ejection fraction is usually monitored during chemotherapy for cancers in order to avoid any injury to the heart muscle.
American Board of Radiology-Diagnostic Radiology
American Board of Nuclear Medicine
Fellow of the American College of Radiology
Society of Interventional Radiology
Society of Skeletal Radiology.
Nuclear Medicine, Mt.Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach
Diagnostic Radiology, Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami.
Internal Medicine, United States Public Health Hospital, Baltimore, Md.
Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University, N. Chicago, Il.