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What is an Echocardiogram?

An Echocardiogram is a type of Ultrasound exam that utilizes sound waves to view the moving images of the vessels, chambers and valves of the heart in order to evaluate the blood flow through the heart valves and the motion of the heart muscle. It may be used in conjunction with a stress test and Electrocardiogram (EKG/ECG) to get a clearer picture of the functions of the heart.

Common Questions

  • Why would my physician recommend an Echocardiogram?

    Your physician may recommend an Echocardiogram if you have unexplained chest pain or pressure, shortness of breath or irregular heartbeats. An Echocardiogram may also be ordered to monitor the heart after a heart attack or a previous surgery to repair a congenital heart defect.

  • What should I expect during an Echocardiogram?

    There is no specific preparation for an Echocardiogram. If this is your first Ultrasound, you may not be sure what to expect. Not to worry, we are here to guide you every step of the way. During an Echocardiogram, warm gel is placed over the left side of your chest and a probe called a transducer is pressed firmly back and forth on your skin over the heart to create and pick up sound waves, which are converted into an image on a screen. You may be asked to lie very still, hold your breath or lie on your left side during the exam.

  • What should I expect after an Echocardiogram?

    When the imaging is complete, the clear gel will be wiped off of your skin. If any is left on the skin, it will dry like a powder and will not stain or discolor your clothing. Once the exam is complete, you may resume your normal activity level.

  • How do I schedule an Echocardiogram with Fairfax Radiology?

    Contact our Scheduling Department for an appointment:

    Phone: 703.698.4488 Monday through Friday 8am to 6pm

    Fax: 703.698.0864

    Or click here to make an appointment request

    Please have your written physician order and your insurance card in hand when making your appointment.

  • When are appointments offered for Echocardiograms?

    For your convenience, appointments are available mornings and afternoons at our Woodburn Diagnostic Center. Learn more about this location.

Available at the following location

Woodburn Diagnostic Center

Woodburn Diagnostic Center

3299 Woodburn Road
Suite 110
Annandale, VA 22003
United States