Definitions for echocardiography-ˈɒg rə fi
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
ech•o•car•di•o•graphˌɛk oʊˈkɑr di əˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf(n.)
an instrument using reflected ultrasonic waves to show the structures and functioning of the heart: for diagnosing heart abnormalities.
Origin of echocardiograph:
ech`o•car`di•og′ra•phy-ˈɒg rə fi(n.)
a noninvasive diagnostic procedure that uses ultrasound to study to structure and motions of the heart
The use of ultrasound to produce images of the heart
Echocardiogram, often referred to cardiac echo or simply an echo is a sonogram of the heart. Echocardiography uses standard two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and Doppler ultrasound to create images of the heart. Echocardiography has become routinely used in the diagnosis, management, and follow-up of patients with any suspected or known heart diseases. It is one of the most widely used diagnostic tests in cardiology. It can provide a wealth of helpful information, including the size and shape of the heart, pumping capacity, and the location and extent of any tissue damage. An Echocardiogram can also give physicians other estimates of heart function such as a calculation of the cardiac output, ejection fraction, and diastolic function. Echocardiography can help detect cardiomyopathies, such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, dilated cardiomyopathy, and many others. The use of Stress Echocardiography may also help determine whether any chest pain or associated symptoms are related to heart disease. The biggest advantage to echocardiography is that it is noninvasive and has no known risks or side effects.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Ultrasonic recording of the size, motion, and composition of the heart and surrounding tissues. The standard approach is transthoracic.
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