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Can you have echocardiography on the fetus?

Can you have echocardiography on the fetus?

Yes: A fetal echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the fetal heart, done through the mother's abdomen. ...Read more

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When is a fetal echocardiogram important?

When is a fetal echocardiogram important?

Suspected problems: If you ob/gyn doctor or maternal fetal medicine specialist recommend a fetal echocardiogram, it is usually because they suspect some sort of malformation in the fetuses heart, lungs, etc. It may be because they notice something on a prior ultrasound, or they just want to be safe/cautious if you are at a higher risk of having a baby with a congenital heart problem. ...Read more

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Fetal echocardiogram performed this morning. What does that show and not show about the heart?

Fetal echocardiogram performed this morning. What does that show and not show about the heart?

Fetal echocardiogram: A fetal echocardiogram shows the structures of the heart such as the walls, the atria, ventricles and the valves. It is used to look for abnormalities of the valves or other congenital abnormalities such as an atrial septal defect or ventricular septal defect. ...Read more

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I had a fetal echocardiogram and the image on the screen showed a lot of yellow, red, blue. What does that mean?

I had a fetal echocardiogram and the image on the screen showed a lot of yellow, red, blue. What does that mean?

Not much: You probably saw doppler signals - images of how sounds travel through the tissue as seen from the ultrasound probe. As long as the echocardiogram was ok, no need to worry about colors. ...Read more

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What will fetal echocardiography be like?

What will fetal echocardiography be like?

An ultrasound: A fetal echocardiogram is just a detailed ultrasound of your baby's heart. The ultrasound will be done with the ultrasound transducer on your abdomen, using a lot of gel. It may take 30-60 minutes for the ultrasonographer to take all the pictures that he or she needs. ...Read more

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Difference between echocardiography and fetal echo?

Difference between echocardiography and fetal echo?

Adult and fetal: A fetal "echo" means a fetal echocardiogram. This is a detailed ultrasound of the fetus' heart, and it is done through the mother's abdomen. An adult can have an echocardiogram as well. It is either done through the chest wall, or with a special transducer that goes down the adult's esophagus ("transesophageal") to get closer pictures of the person's heart. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a fetal targeted ultrasound and an echocardiography?

What is the difference between a fetal targeted ultrasound and an echocardiography?

MFM vs. Ped/cards.: Maternal-fetal medicine specialists can perform and interpret targeted fetal cardiac examinations and fetal echos with up to 75% detection rate. Pediatric cardiologists can perform fetal echos with up to 95% detection rate. ...Read more

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How do you falsify an echocardiogram?

Not sure: What you mean. The ekg has two readings. The computer generated read is immediate and not always correct. Then an over read by a physician is made and agrees with or corrects and improves the accuracy of the reading. A wrong computer generated read is not a falsification but a weakness in the technology at this point. ...Read more

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What is getting an echocardiogram like?

What is getting an echocardiogram like?

Echocardiogram: This is a non-invasive heart examination with ultrasound much like an obstetric ultrasound study except that it is directed at the heart. It is generally painless and involves no radiation exposure. Of all cardiac studies, it probably tells us more about cardiac structure and function than any other cardiac test. Don't worry about having one done! ...Read more

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What is the function of an echocardiogram?

What is the function of an echocardiogram?

Looks at heart: An echocardiogram uses sound waves (sonar) to look at the structure and function of the heart. The strength of the heart muscle, size of the various heart chambers and the structure and function of the heart valves is determined. Damaged heart from a heart attack can be seen any any valves that are narrowed (stenosed) or leaky are easily seen. ...Read more

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Help, what to expect for an echocardiogram?

Help, what to expect for an echocardiogram?

Echo: Echo shows cardiac structure and function. It gives a lot of information about the heart. It is a basic test used in cardiologic evaluation and is indicated in many conditions including ischemia. The test is not uncomfortable and is painless. ...Read more

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Why is an echocardiogram performed on a person?

It depends: Echocardiography is performed to provide information about the structure and function of the heart. It can provide information about structural abnormalities such as valve abnormalities and congenital defects. It is also helpful to determine how well the heart functions as well as pressures inside the heart. It can also be utilized to look for abnormalities of the aorta. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens in a echocardiogram?

Depends: Echocardiography can be done with an external probe (ultrasound) that is lubricated with scanning gel and positioned at various points on your chest to view the heart. Better images can be obtained with trans esophageal echo which requires passage of a probe on a flexible scope like handle down your esophagus under sedation as an outpatient procedure. ...Read more

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Please tell me what to expect for an echocardiogram?

No pain: It doesn't hurt. There's no prep. There's no radiation. It takes about 20 minutes. ...Read more

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How do doctors do a echocardiogram?

Ultrasound of heart: Generally a technologist performs the echo which is an ultrasound of the heart.They follow a methodical procedure to take images of the heart via ultrasound from the chest.The tech also takes measurements.All of these views are put together to create a file of images and the tech puts the measurements together in a report. The doctor review the images, the report and then reports on findings. ...Read more

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What do echocardiogram calipers do?

What do echocardiogram calipers do?

MEASUREMENTS: There are various measurements made of heart structures, such as thickness of the heart muscle, or diameter of the chambers and blood vessels. A caliper is placed on the area of interest to make the measurement. Place one leg of the caliper on the anterior aorta and the other on the posterior. If you do this with the echo machine it will calculate the distance. You can use a hand held caliper also. ...Read more

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How do doctors do an echocardiogram?

How do doctors do an echocardiogram?

Echo: Echo shows cardiac structure and function. It gives a lot of information about the heart. It is a basic test used in cardiologic evaluation and is indicated in many conditions including ischemia. The test is not uncomfortable and is painless. ...Read more

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How do doctors interpret an echocardiogram?

How do doctors interpret an echocardiogram?

See below: We look at the heart muscle, the valves, the other blood vessels. We look at the structures themselves to see if they are normal or not. Valves for instance can be thickened or have calcium in them. The heart muscle can be too thick or may not contract normally. The doppler part involves looking at the direction and speed of flow of the blood. It might tell us that a valve is leaking or blocked. ...Read more

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Dr. Rick Koch
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