This is a first-line imaging test for assessment of cardiac size and function as well as valvular function and pericardial diseases. Emory offers the latest technology and has published extensively on its use.
Echocardiograms are heart exams that use sound waves to produce a study of the motion of the valves and heart chambers. The technology utilized is similar to that used to examine fetuses in the womb. Without exposing patients to radiation, echocardiograms create detailed images that can provide a wealth of helpful information — including the size and shape of the heart, its pumping strength and the location and extent of any damage to its tissues. And the process can generally be performed with minimal discomfort.
A full range of ultrasound services is provided by the Emory Cardiac Imaging Center. These include transthoracic echocardiograms, transesophageal echocardiograms, stress (exercise or pharmacologic) echocardiograms and carotid ultrasounds. All labs are staffed by experienced sonographers.