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An echocardiogram, or 'echo', is a type of ultrasound scan for the heart. A small ultrasound probe is used to generate images of the heart and the surrounding blood vessels to find out how your heart is working, investigate symptoms, and diagnose and monitor heart conditions. There are several different types of echocardiogram test:
The most common type of echocardiogram where sticky electrodes are placed on your chest, and an ultrasound probe is moved across your chest.
An exercise stress echocardiogram is the same as a TTE, but the scan is taken during or after activity on a treadmill or exercise bike. Or, you may be given an injection that makes your heart work harder.
A less common internal scan used to generate more detailed images of the back of the heart. A TOE procedure uses a thinner ultrasound probe inserted into your throat, which is numbed with a spray.
A contrast agent is given to you via an injection, to help highlight certain areas of your heart in more definition. You may then be given either a TTE or TOE, depending on the reason for your scan.
An echocardiogram is a type of ultrasound scan specially for the heart. It uses high frequency sound waves produced by a transducer (probe) that is moved across the skin of your chest, or inserted into your throat for a transoesophageal scan. The sound waves bounce off the internal heart structures and echo back to the transducer. It records the echoes and uses them to create pictures of your heart on a screen. It is generally carried out either by a sonographer, cardiac physiologist, or cardiologist.
An echocardiogram (echo) is useful in detecting and assessing damage to the heart, along with any issues with its functionality, and abnormalities in shape and size. The images produced by an echo show the heart valves, heart walls, heart chambers, and how strong the heart is beating in real-time.
Meanwhile, an ECG or Electrocardiogram is a different type of test used to measure the electrical activity and your heart's rhythm. The results are displayed as a graph, rather than an image. An ECG can help investigate palpitations, irregular heartbeats, coronary heart disease and more.
Preparations for a transthoracic echocardiogram are minimal. You will be asked to undress on your top half, lie down on a flat bed, and an ultrasound probe is moved over the skin of your chest. You may be given a hospital gown for your comfort before and after the scan.
A transoesophageal echocardiogram requires more preparation, including fasting for several hours before and after your scan. A mild sedative injection may be offered to help you relax and alleviate discomfort, and your throat will be numbed with a spray.
The whole procedure usually takes between 20-60 minutes, but this can vary for each of the types of echocardiogram. A stress echo requires one echocardiogram at rest, and further tests after short bursts of exercise, which can add time to your procedure.
Internal echocardiograms take around 30 minutes. You might find you have a sore throat after the process, but this is usually mild and subsides shortly after the procedure. Some patients find the idea of a TOE procedure uncomfortable and mild sedation can be provided, but you will need to be monitored for a short while after your scan.
If your doctors decide an echocardiogram is required, it could be for monitoring or diagnosis. If you've got a known heart problem, stress echocardiography may be ordered to check your heart health prior to surgery, or determine what exercise levels are safe for you after you've recovered from a cardiac issue such as a heart attack or heart surgery. If you have heart valve disease, it can also be used to monitor the condition.
If you are experiencing symptoms such as chest pain, irregular heartbeat, palpitations, dizziness, high blood pressure or shortness of breath, the detailed images produced by a TTE or TOE can help identify heart problems and heart defects that may be the cause.
An echocardiogram will show the structure of the heart and nearby blood vessels, to check how blood flows through the heart. Echocardiograms can show problems with the heart including an infection of the valves (endocarditis), thickened heart walls (cardiomyopathy), heart failure, or damage to the heart muscle caused by a heart attack. The scan may also reveal problems with the normal workings of the heart that could be caused by congenital heart disease (birth defects). A stress echo is particularly good for checking for coronary heart disease as it can identify whether enough blood is flowing through the coronary arteries.
When you book a private echocardiogram scan with Scan.com, you'll receive a full, end-to-end package of care for £250.
The cost of an echocardiogram scan varies depending on the pricing set by the individual scanning centres.
Quick and easy referral process, with support from a dedicated expert clinician
Your echocardiogram scan, at a selected location near you
Digital access to your radiologist's report, and the option to request copies of your images as required
If there are any next steps or adverse findings, our expert clinicians will provide a post-scan phone consultation to explain your echo scan results and treatment options
Select a scan type and convenient location, and make payment to secure your booking. Within 2 days, you'll receive a phone consultation with an expert clinician, who will ask you about your symptoms, and complete your scan referral.
After referral, your chosen scanning site will call you to offer a choice of appointment times. Some of our sites allow appointment pre-selection at the point of booking. If you've already selected a time, we'll email to confirm it at this stage.
The expert radiographers, sonographers and patient care staff at your selected partner centre will answer any queries and complete your scan. After your scan, the images will be prepared and sent to a highly qualified radiologist for reporting.
Our clinicians will receive your report, and email a copy to you. You can also request copies of your images if needed for onward care. If any abnormalities are found, our clinicians will contact you to discuss your results and next steps.
If you have any questions about booking an Echocardiogram scan with us, visit our FAQ guide.
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Echocardiograms do not use ionising radiation like CT or X-ray scans. Instead, echo is an ultrasound test that uses sound waves. Generally, a standard echocardiogram safe procedure because there are no radiation risks and the test is non-invasive.
Internal echocardiograms (TOE) are semi invasive and can have more risks of complications such as damage to the oesophagus, or side effects from sedation. You may be drowsy after sedation so you will not be able to drive or operate heavy machinery for 24 hours afterwards. The same can be said of scans using contrast, as it is possible to have an allergic reaction to the contrast agent. A serious allergic reaction is rare.
If you're having a stress echocardiogram and you have heart problems, there is a risk of the procedure triggering a cardiac event. However, you will be carefully monitored, usually by a heart specialist, while undergoing physical activity such as on a stationary bike. This is to ensure you stop if any problems occur.
Scan.com usually provides results within 7 working days of your scan. On the NHS, it can take around 4 weeks to receive your echocardiogram results.
Private echocardiograms are available at a range of private hospitals and imaging clinics nationwide. Scan.com lets you compare centres across the UK, including sites in major cities like London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Cardiff and more.
Private echocardiograms vary in price depending on the type of scan you need and the individual prices set by the scanning centres we work with. Generally they fall within the £200-£500 range.
A key benefit of booking with Scan.com is that you do not need a GP referral to access our services. There is also no self-referral process. Instead, our in-house medical team will contact you once you have booked and made payment for your scan. Our clinicians will ask you for all of the relevant information they need to compile a referral on your behalf, which is then passed on to your chosen scanning site.
Yes, we do offer cancellations and refunds, though depending on the status of your booking this may incur a £50 cancellation fee. For more information, visit our terms and conditions.
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