Echocardiogram Scans

Echocardiogram Scans

Book a private echocardiogram scan near you, and fast-track your diagnosis today. It's quick, simple and affordable, and you don't need a referral from your GP. Our prices include an expert clinician consultation, your chosen scan at a convenient location, and speedy online results.

Private Echocardiogram Scans

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Book a consultation call with our clinicians for expert advice. It costs just £50, and you'll get your money back as a discount off any recommended scans.

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How it works

  1. 01 Book and referral

    Select a scan type and convenient location, and make payment to secure your booking.

  2. 02 Scan Confirmation

    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, but please wait for them to contact you to confirm your scan will go ahead as planned.

  3. 03 Have your scan

    The expert staff at your selected partner centre will answer any queries and complete your scan. After your scan, the images will be prepared and and sent for reporting.

  4. 04 Receive your results

    Our clinicians will receive your report, review it, 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.

What is an echocardiogram used for?

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.

The most common type of echocardiogram uses sticky electrodes placed on your chest, and an ultrasound probe that is moved across your chest.

What is an echocardiogram and how does it work?

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. The sound waves bounce off the 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.

What is the difference between echo and ECG?

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.

How do I prepare for an echocardiogram test?

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.

How long does an echocardiogram take?

The whole procedure usually takes between 20-30 minutes to complete. It should not cause you any discomfort and you can return to your day as normal afterwards.

Why would a doctor order an echocardiogram?

If your doctors decide an echocardiogram is required, it could be for monitoring or diagnostic purposes.

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 an echocardiogram can help identify heart problems and heart defects that may be the cause. If you have a known heart problem such as heart valve disease, echocardiogram can be used to monitor the condition.

What does an echocardiogram show?

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).

Echocardiogram Scan Costs

When you book a private echocardiogram scan with, 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.


Private Echocardiogram Scan

Starting from £250

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

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions about booking an scan with us, visit our FAQ guide.

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