Intermountain Heart Institute at Intermountain Medical Center

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Overview of Echocardiogram

An echocardiogram ("echo" for short) is a cardiac ultrasound. In cardiac care, ultrasound helps assess the condition of your heart. It uses a device called a transducer to transmit high-frequency sound waves through the body. As the waves bounce (or "echo") off structures in the body, the ultrasound transducer translates them into images on a monitor. Combined with cardiac Doppler testing (described below), an echo can also help measure your ejection fraction (EF), which is the amount of blood your heart pumps out with each beat.

 
Image a beating heart during echocardiogramDuring your echo, you'll be able to see a picture of your beating heart. The image shown here is enhanced by 3D technology.
 

There are several types of echocardiograms:

Patient Instructions

Learn what happens (and what you need to do) before, during, and after your echocardiogram:

Where Do I Go?

Echocardiograms are performed in several places at the Heart Institute:

  • Hospital-based clinic and lab (building #4): Your echo may be scheduled separately from your doctor's appointment in our hospital-based echo lab in building #4. Register on Level 1, and follow instructions on where your procedure will be done. Depending on your test, you may then need go to Level 1 or Lower Level 1.
  • Cardiology and Heart Rhythm offices (building #2): Your echo may be part of your cardiology or heart rhythm appointment. Both offices are located in building #2, suites 510 and 520. You can also link to each office below to learn more:

If you have questions, please call us: 801-507-4701.

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