Echocardiogram

Alternative Names

Transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE); Echocardiogram – transthoracic; Doppler ultrasound of the heart; Surface echo

Definition of Echocardiogram

An echocardiogram is a test that uses sound waves to create a moving picture of the heart. The picture is much more detailed than a plain image and involves no radiation exposure.

Review

Larry A. Weinrauch, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Cardiovascular Disease and Clinical Outcomes Research, Watertown, MA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 5/15/2009

Circulatory system

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