Echocardiography is a diagnostic test that creates real-time images of the heart using sound waves. The image created is known as an Echocardiogram. Your doctor will use this test to monitor the health of your heart and its valves.

Understanding the condition of the heart muscle, particularly following a heart attack, requires an Echocardiogram. The test can also be used to identify heart abnormalities in unborn children.

An Echocardiogram can demonstrate how well your heart is working and identify any potential areas for concern. To obtain a sharper image, your doctor may inject contrast dye or agitated saline.

There are various types of Echocardiograms. Each one has special advantages for identifying and treating heart disease. They consist of:


  • Transthoracic Echocardiogram
  • Transesophageal Echocardiogram
  • Exercise stress echocardiogram.

Who conducts echo testing?

Your test is carried out by a specialist known as a cardiac specialist. They have received training in using the most recent technologies and conducting echo testing. They are equipped to perform their duties in a range of locations, including catheterization laboratories, clinics and hospitals.

How long does an Echocardiogram take?

Typically, an Echocardiogram lasts 40 to 60 minutes. The duration of a transesophageal echo might reach over 90 minutes.

What are the differences between an ECG/ EKG and an Echocardiogram?

Your heart is examined using both an electrocardiogram (also known as an EKG or ECG) and an Echocardiography.

An echo examines the heart’s general composition and operation. It creates animated images of the heart.


Your heart’s electrical activity is examined by an ECG/EKG. Instead of producing images of your heart, it creates a graph. The lines on this graph represent the rhythm and beat of your heart.


Why book an Echocardiography assessment at ROC?

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  • Same day investigations and blood tests
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