An Echocardiogram or Echo is an ultrasound assessment of the heart. An evaluation of the heart’s structure is made using a series of images and videos.

The sonographers at Access will place a special probe on various parts of the chest wall to view the heart from different directions.

The heart valves, muscle, and blood flow assessment are performed. The test usually takes 30 minutes.

On the day of the test

  • Please bring your referral letter to the appointment.
  • Do not consume alcohol or caffeine or smoke in the 3 hours before your test.

During the test

  • We will need you to undress to the waist. We will provide a gown to wear throughout the test.
  • Electrodes are placed onto your chest, and the Technician will perform an ultrasound of your heart while you rest on a bed.

After the test

  • Access will send a full report to your Doctor after a specialist review of the results (usually within 3 – 4 working days).

More information about the Echocardiogram / Echo you have been referred for is available here Echocardiogram Patient Information Sheet