Cardiac Ultrasound Lab
Conveniently located to serve Danville and Antioch
At our cardiac ultrasound lab in Danville at East Bay Cardiovascular and Thoracic Associates, we assess many aspects of heart health. We do this using cardiac ultrasound, which is a proven method of providing patients with an accurate diagnosis. When we use cardiac ultrasound to perform cardiac ultrasound lab studies, we can diagnose heart disease. With these studies, we can also monitor the effects of heart surgery or other medical treatments that affect the heart.
What Is a Cardiac Ultrasound?
“Cardiac” refers to issues relating to the heart, and ultrasound technology uses sound waves to generate a moving image. In a cardiac ultrasound, or echocardiogram, ultrasound technology directs high-frequency sound waves at your heart to capture a picture of this vital organ in motion. With ultrasound technology, our specialists can translate these sound waves into imagery used to detect and measure heart conditions.
Why Do I Need a Cardiac Ultrasound?
If you have risk factors for heart disease or your doctor suspects that your heart isn’t working properly, you may need a cardiac ultrasound. Using cardiac ultrasound lab studies, we can identify and evaluate:
- Heart strength
- Blood flow through the heart
- Congestive heart failure
- Fluid around the heart
- Function and health of heart valves
- Shape and size of the heart
Types of Cardiac Ultrasound Diagnostics
The appropriate cardiac ultrasound diagnostic procedure for you will depend on your symptoms and medical history. You may be a good candidate for one of the following procedures:
- Full transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) – This is the standard approach for generalized study and evaluation of the heart and blood flow. It is a non-invasive outpatient procedure, and it usually takes less than an hour. First, our technician will apply a topical gel to your chest. They will then move a tool called a transducer across the gel and around the whole area. It will emit sound waves, which then bounce off your heart and other structures in the area. After this, they return to the transducer as data that a computer then converts to imagery.
- Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) – During this procedure, a medical expert positions a small probe in your esophagus. When in position, the probe captures high-resolution images of the back of your heart. At the start of the procedure, our experts administer topical or intravenous anesthesia to keep you comfortable throughout the process.
- Stress echocardiogram – If it is necessary to see how your heart works when under stress, we may ask you to use a treadmill or stationary bike while our technician is performing the ultrasound. Alternatively, we may give you a medication that causes the heart to function as if you were exercising.
What Should I Expect at My Cardiac Ultrasound Appointment?
When preparing for a cardiac ultrasound, remember that it varies based on the specific diagnostic procedure you’re undergoing. It also varies based on your unique medical condition. Our team will explain any pre-appointment instructions when you schedule your ultrasound.
In general, you can expect the following:
- We will connect you to an electrocardiograph (EKG) monitor for the full duration of the procedure.
- The sonographer will use a wand-like tool called a transducer, which allows us to direct sound waves to your heart area.
- You will need to change positions throughout the procedure so the sonographer can capture multiple views of your heart.
Schedule a Consultation to Learn More
With the help of our cardiac ultrasound lab in Danville, we have provided effective treatment to numerous patients. We are here to support and assist you in your journey to wellness. Please contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out the best ways to take control of your heart health.