Echocardiography (ECHO) - Children
An ECHO is a test that uses sound waves to create a picture of the heart. It is a very common test and does not hurt.
You will need to take off or unbutton your shirt. The sonographer will put three sticky patches (electrodes) on your chest that have wires attached to them. They might feel cold.
You will need to lie flat on your back and stay still. You can watch TV or a movie while you are lying on the table.
He/she will turn out the lights to see the computer screen. This is a good time to relax and watch TV or a movie.
If you choose, Mom and Dad can stay with you during the test.
The transducer sends information to the ultrasound machine.
A clear gel is put on the end of the transducer.
The exam may take 20 to 30 minutes. Remember, you need to stay still and lie flat.
These pictures will be recorded so that your doctor can look at them later.
When the ECHO test is over, the lights will be turned back on and the gel will be wiped off your chest with a towel. You can take the sticky pads off your chest and put on your shirt.