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Transthoracic Echocardiography (TTE)

Procedure Overview

What is a transthoracic echocardiogram?

A transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) in a non invasive test that uses sound wave (ultrasound) technology to examine real-time heart function. By placing a transducer on the chest, this is a standard echo that is pain and risk free, and is a high accuracy ultrasound test that requires no patient preparation.

Before the procedure

  • There is no preparation for a TTE

During the procedure

  • You will lie on your back or on your left side on a bed or table.
  • Electrodes will be attached to your arms and legs to record your heart rate during the test.
  • Gel will be rubbed on the left side of your chest to help pick up the sound waves. 
  • The technician will press the transducer firmly against your chest and move it slowly back and forth, in different areas, and the echos from the transcuer are sent to a video monitor that records pictures of your heart for later viewing and evaluation.
  • At various times you will be asked to hold very still, breathe in and out very slowly, hold your breath or lie on your left side.
  • The test takes approximately 30 to 60 minutes.

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