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An echocardiogram is a diagnostic test that uses ultrasound waves to create an image of the heart muscle. Ultrasound waves that rebound off the heart can show the size, shape and movement of the heart’s valves and chambers as well as the flow of blood through the heart.  It is one of the most widely used diagnostic tests to assess heart disease as it is extremely safe and no special precautions are required.

An echo exam usually lasts between 15 – 30 minutes depending on the difficulty of the study. An echosonographer performs the exam and it is then interpreted by an Internist. The final report is sent to the ordering doctor.

Echocardiography exams are only done on Wednesdays and Thursday. A referral from a doctor is required and appointments are made by calling the Cardio Department at 613 623 7962, ext 274. On the day of your appointment, bring your requisition from the doctor with you and register with the clerks at the B entrance.

Thank you to the ARH Auxiliary for funding the cost of the echocardiogram unit.

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