Heart Ultrasound provides your doctor with moving images of your heart and takes excellent pictures that will help your doctor evaluate your heart health. A specially trained technician, (Cardiac Sonographer), uses a gel to slide a microphone-like device called a transducer over the chest area. This allows reflected sound waves to provide a live picture of your heart and valves. Heart Ultrasound uses the same technology that allows doctors to see an unborn baby inside a pregnant mother. No radiation is involved in heart ultrasound, and the technology can be used on people of all ages.The contrast heart ultrasound combines a heart ultrasound with an IV that contains a solution is injected into the blood stream that allows the heart borders to be seen more clearly. This is a harmless solution that has no known side effects. You will need to have an IV started to receive a contrast heart ultrasound.
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