About the Test

An echocardiogram, also called an "echo," is a harmless, painless test that uses ultrasound to generate a picture of your heart to help your doctor make a correct diagnosis. During the test, a small microphone-like device, called a transducer, is held against the chest. The transducer harmlessly sends ultrasound waves that bounce off the parts of the heart. A computer reconstructs a picture of your heart on to a TV screen. This image can be recorded on disk, videotape, or printed on paper.

Echocardiograms Help to Evaluate

  • Congenital and acquired heart defects
  • The size of the heart and its chambers
  • The function of the heart muscle and heart valves
  • Excessive fluid in the membrane that surrounds the heart

At Danbury Hospital, the echocardiographic information is obtained by trained ultrasound personnel and interpreted by specially trained physicians.

For More Information

If you have questions about Cardiology at Danbury Hospital, visit our patient and visitor information section, or ask your doctor about Danbury Hospital. For a doctor referral call us at 1-800-511-7821, or search ourĀ Find a Doctor online tool to find a doctor near you.