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what is the difference between an echocardiogram and an ultrasound test

A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Grenzer
54 years experience Cardiology
Same: An echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart. Ultrasounds can be done for other organs such as the kidney.
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher White
42 years experience Cardiology
Same: Same test.
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
46 years experience Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Ultrasound: A targeted ultrasound is an ultrasound evaluation of the fetal anatomy. An echocardiogram is specifically examining the fetal heart.
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Lin
Dr. James Lin answered
50 years experience Urology
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stacy Yamasaki
33 years experience Radiology
Different technique: Ultrasound uses sound waves to look inside your body. It is like sonar and measures the sound waves that bounce back from the organs inside your body ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amir Faridi
Specializes in Hematology and Oncology
Imaging: Different imaging studies. Mammogram is usually to see breast tissue. If there is any cyst in breast sometimes ultrasound is ordered to see if this is ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
Differences: Mri uses very strong magnetism to orient the body's water molecules to help see internal structures such as ligaments, joints, brain, etc. X-ray is t ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bradley Thomas
18 years experience Vascular Surgery
Treatment: An angiogram is the diagnostic portion of a procedure in which contrast is injected into an artery to assess it for disease. Once you decide to treat ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Levine
22 years experience Radiology
Many: Mri takes multiple "sliced" images of structures, in multiple "directions" (planes), and uses different techniques to assess different types of struct ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
Ecg: One measures heart electrical activity, the other measures brain electrical activity.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Gabor
32 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
MRI/CT: A CT scan uses x-ray radiation to generate an image. An MRI uses magnetic fields "tuned" to the frequency of protons in the body. Since each scan es ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Gabor
32 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
MRI/CT: A CT scan uses x-ray radiation to generate an image. An MRI uses magnetic fields "tuned" to the frequency of protons in the body. Since each scan es ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
37 years experience Cardiology
Part of same: Ivus (intravascular ultrasound) is a diagnostic tool that can be used during cardiac catheterization when the angiographic pictures are not sufficient ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Regina Hampton
22 years experience Breast Surgery
Mammogram/Ultrasound: The mammogram (mg) and ultrasound(us) show breast tissue in different ways. The mg is better for women with fatty breasts. The us can help tell if a ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nicolas Mouawad
15 years experience Vascular Surgery
See: An aneurysm is an abnormal dilatation or bulging of an artery. An embolism is an abnormal particle that travels through the circulation, such as clot, ... Read More
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Dr. Jerome Zacks
50 years experience Cardiology
Same: An echocardiographic study is an ultrasound study of the heart.
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Seibert
34 years experience Gastroenterology
Different tests: A urea breath test is usually used to determine whether helicobacter pylori is eradicated. It involves taking a pill and collecting gas samples. An en ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Grenzer
54 years experience Cardiology
See below: Ekg: shows the electrical activity of the heart and the heart rhythm echocardiogram: an ultrasound, shows the actual structures such as the heart mus ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Fertel
34 years experience Vascular Surgery
Diagnosis vs treatmet: angiography is the placement of contrast (dye) in an artery. angioplasty is the dilatation of an artery usually with a balloon.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
25 years experience Radiology
Sonar vs Xray: Breast ultrasound use sound waves (i.e. Sonar) and are used to determine if a lump is solid, (usually require biopsy) or a cyst (a fluid containing le ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Schifilliti
38 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Great question: The papanicolaou test is a specific test that requires the visualization of the cervix. Cells from the cervix are sampled and screened for cancer pote ... Read More
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