An echocardiogram or ‘echo’ is an ultrasound of your heart. An echocardiogram uses sound waves to take images of the heart’s structure and function, including looking at any damage sustained from a heart attack, reasons behind chest pain and how your heart valves are working.

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    • Our team will provide any specific instructions at the time of booking and these should be followed carefully.
    • We recommend wearing a separate top and bottoms during your appointment as this makes changing for the examination easier.
    • Please don’t apply any body lotion or sunscreen to your chest before the appointment as we need to apply ECG patches.
    • If you’re pregnant please let the technician know.
  • You will be asked to change into a gown before your examination and the technician will explain exactly what will happen during your procedure. It may vary slightly from what we describe below, so don’t worry.

    You will be asked to lie on a bed and small ECG patches will be applied to your chest.

    The technician will apply a warm gel to your chest which helps them move the transducer across your skin with ease.

    Through the appointment the technician will ask you to move into different positions so they can capture your heart from all angles.

  • The scan may take up to 45 minutes to complete.

  • Your echocardiogram will be performed by a specially trained sonographer. We call these people cardiac sonographers or echo technicians.

    The images captured by the technicians are viewed by a radiologist who will provide a report of findings.

How much will it cost?

Fees for radiology procedures will vary depending on a variety of factors. We will advise you about the cost of your service at the time of booking but if you do have any questions, contact us and one of our team will be happy to help with your query. You can read more about our billing information here.

How do I access my images?

At Queensland X-Ray, we provide our patients with their images and results online. To access your images and results, you’ll need to register for an account when you visit one of our practices. If you’ve already registered, you can access the Patient Portal here.

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