Transthoracic Echocardiography (TTE)
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
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
The test takes approximately 30 to 60 minutes