Cardiac Diagnostic Services
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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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.
How it helps
- Diagnoses and evaluates abnormalities of the heart valves
- Measures the size of the heart chambers.
- Evaluates chambers and valves in congenital heart disorders.
- Aids diagnosis of hypertrophic and related cardiomyopathies.
- Detects tumors.
- Evaluates cardiac function or wall motion after myocardial infarction.
- Detects pericardial effusion. ( fluid around the heart )