An echocardiogram (echo) is a quick and painless imaging test that helps your doctor evaluate your heart. During an echo, small pads are placed on your chest to monitor your heartbeat. A transducer coated with cool gel is then moved over your chest creating sound waves that make images of your heart. Those images are then stored on a computer or recorded on video so your doctor can review them and interpret the results.
Another type of echocardiogram offered at Crestwood is a transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE). TEE is an ultrasound of the heart that is done from inside the esophagus. The esophagus lies just behind the heart, so the TEE provides clear images of the heart. The test usually takes 15 to 20 minutes.
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Crestwood Medical Center
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Huntsville, AL 35801