An Echocardiogram (also known as an Echo) is a specialised ultrasound examination of the heart.
Like other ultrasounds an echo uses sound waves to create images. It assesses the structure and function of the heart muscle and valves. It can provide your doctor with valuable information about the function of your heart, whether the valves are leaking or fail to open normally and/or whether there are any structural abnormalities, blood clots or masses.
At Fraser Coast Radiology we have a specially qualified echo technician visit our rooms to perform these examinations. The studies need to be booked consecutively, therefore, flexibility for these appointments is limited.
How should I prepare?
No special preparations are necessary for a standard transthoracic echocardiogram. You can eat, drink and take medications as you normally would.
How long does it take?
Most echocardiograms are completed within 30 to 45 minutes.
When can I get the results?
Your results will be available shortly after your scan.
How much does it cost?
If you have a current Medicare card and referral form from your health practitioner a Medicare rebate may apply to your scan. If your scan has an out-of-pocket expense, we will let you know when you book your appointment.