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Pediatric Echocardiography

A pediatric echocardiogram is a test performed on children that uses sound waves to create pictures of the heart. It is used to help diagnose defects of the heart that are present at birth.

This test is done to examine the function, heart valves, major blood vessels, and chambers of a child’s heart from outside of the body.

How does it work?

During the procedure:

  • The sonographer puts gel on the child’s ribs near the breastbone in the area around the heart. A hand-held instrument, called a transducer, is pressed on the gel on the child’s chest and directed toward the heart. This device releases high-frequency sound waves.
  • The transducer picks up the echo of sound waves coming back from the heart and blood vessels.
  • The echocardiography machine converts these impulses into moving pictures of the heart. Still pictures are also taken.
  • Pictures can be two-dimensional or three-dimensional.
  • The entire procedure lasts for about 20 to 40 minutes.

Note: Several of our diagnostic services are done using equipment leased from outside companies, and these external providers do require a copay. Please inquire about copays when scheduling an appointment.

Terms & Conditions

By participating in this quiz, or screening or health assessment, I recognize and accept all risks associated with it. I understand that the program will only screen for certain risk factors and does not constitute a complete physical exam. For the diagnosis of a medical problem, I must see a physician for a complete medical exam. I release Deborah Heart and Lung Center and any other organization(s) involved in this screening, and their employees and agents, from all liabilities, medical claims or expenses which may arise from my participation. Thank you for investing in your health by participating today.