Echocardiogram (echo) is an ultrasound-based study of the heart. It uses sound waves, there is no radiation involved. It usually takes about 20- 30 minutes in a settled child; the duration may vary however depending on the complexity of the heart issue and mobility of the child. Echo involves taking short ultrasound clips of the heart. Similar to taking video clips it is extremely important that the child be as still as possible to get accurate ‘non blurry’ clips
Echo probe (camera) images the heart from the belly, the chest and the lower neck. To get best views of the heart the child’s position may need to be frequently changed for e.g., moving between being on the back and onto their sides. Older kids can change into a gown (provided in the clinics), younger kids if comfortable can take their top off or use a gown.
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