Echocardiography is a specialised ultrasound modality. It uses ultrasound imaging to look at the heart. Aside from producing images of the structure of the heart, it also gives functional information. As ultrasound is a real time imaging modality, we see the actual heart in motion and this allows assessment of any movement abnormalities of either the heart chambers or of the valves. Doppler assessment allows the assessment of blood flow through the various chambers, valves and major vessels around the heart. Combined with other structural information, this can derive information about pressure of the blood in various chambers or across the valves.
Echocardiography is undertaken at Lime Radiology by experienced and highly qualified sonographers who have had extra and specialised training to perform this examination. We will be using the latest ultrasound machine from GE ensuring the best possible image quality and hence diagnosis.