Two-Dimensional Echocardiogram (2D Echo)
What is 2DEcho?
It is a test in which ultrasound is used to picture out the heart. It is capable of displaying a cross sectional “slice” of the beating heart, including the chambers, valves and the major blood vessels that exit from the left and right part of the heart.
- “Doppler” is a special part of the ultrasound exam that assesses blood flow (direction and velocity). Doppler exam shows the flow of blood as it makes its way through and out of the heart. One would hear “swishing” or “whooshing” sounds during this part of the procedure.
What are the preparations for echocardiography?
- Sticky patches or electrodes are attached to the chest and shoulders which are connected to an electrocardiogram (ECG) machine. Patients with hairy chest may require shaving so the electrodes can adhere better for good quality electrocardiogram or ECG. These attachments record the ECG during the echocardiography test.
- Clothing that covers the chest is removed and covered by a gown or sheet to keep patient comfortable and keep private parts from exposure.