This is a procedure that uses sound waves to image and evaluate the structures and function of the heart. An echocardiogram is useful in evaluating the heart's chambers and valves, as well as studying the blood flow through the heart. A Doppler ultrasound is done during this procedure to measure the blood flow through the heart. An echocardiogram can be used to detect such conditions as heart murmur and mitral valve prolapse.
How this procedure works is that you will be asked to lie on your back on a table. Echocardiogram leads will be attached to your chest. Gel will be placed on a transducer that will be moved over your chest to obtain images of your heart.