Echocardiogram and Digital Echo

Echocardiogram at Methodist Health System

What is an echocardiogram?

An echocardiogram, often called an echo, uses ultrasound to produce images of the heart as it beats. The images show the structure of the heart’s valves and chambers, as well as whether it’s pumping blood normally.

Who needs an echocardiogram?

An echocardiogram may be recommended if your doctor suspects you have heart disease or another problem with heart function. The test is also used to evaluate the effectiveness of medical or surgical treatments for heart problems.

What is an echocardiogram with digital echo?

The cardiac digital echo allows doctors to see details of the heart’s anatomy (valves, vessels, and walls) as it beats. The test produces clearer images than traditional techniques. It also allows the heart to be viewed from two different angles at the same time.

Who an echocardiogram with digital echo?

This new technology may be used for adults or children with heart problems. The superior quality of the images of a digital echo can help doctors find problems that can’t be seen with traditional echocardiograms. Digital echo may also be used to help doctors guide catheters with more precision during heart exams.

Echocardiograms are available by the order of a physician.

Texas law prohibits hospitals from practicing medicine. The physicians on the Methodist Health System medical staff are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Methodist Health System, or any of its affiliated hospitals.