Cardiac Diagnostic Services

Echocardiogram

In M-Mode echocardiography an ultrasound beam is used to produce a vertical view of the heart. This method is especially useful for precisely recording the motion and dimensions of various parts of the heart. However, in Two-dimensional echocardiography the ultrasound beam produces a cross-sectional fan-shaped actual image of the heart. Often these techniques compliment each other.

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Other Information

Echo Doppler and Color Flow Doppler provide information about the velocity and direction of flow in the various chambers and major blood vessels of the heart. Doppler studies are usually performed along with standard echocardiographic imaging. The characteristics of blood flow are evaluated using both audio information and a graphic display of the Doppler spectral analysis. Qualitative and quantitative Doppler information may aid in the non-invasive assessment of valve abnormalities, congenital cardiac defects and cardiac function.

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