What is a Transthoracic Echocardiogram (Echo)?
A transthoracic echocardiogram, or “echo”, is a type of ultrasound scan used to look at the heart structure, primarily the valves and ventricular function.
A transducer emits high-frequency sound waves that create returning echoes when they bounce off heart structures and blood cells. These returning echoes are picked up by the electronic crystals in the probe and turned into a moving image that is displayed on a monitor while the scan is carried out.
What to bring?
> Referral forms
> Concession cards (Medicare, DVA and/or private health fund cards)
> A list of your current medication
> Pre-procedure instructions
> Wear comfortable clothing
You will be asked to change into a patient gown.
- Cost of service
- $250 (Medicare rebate is approximately $125) Pensioners/DVA are bulk billed
- Duration of procedure
- approximately 40 minutes