What is contrast echocardiography?
When a standard echocardiography is not suitable to produce a clear and detailed image of the heart, a contrast echocardiography may be used. The test is particularly effective to measure the endocardial border and left ventricular function in patients who have suboptimal non contrast echocardiogram.
What happens during the test?
The test takes about 10-15 minutes. An intravenous line will be placed in a vein in your arm or hand. Your doctor will inject some saline (sterile salt) solution through the IV line to enhance the visibility. By using a transducer and moving it back and forth across your chest, your doctor will be able to obtain and record images of your heart.
What happens after the test?
Your consultant will analyse the images and create a report based on the results. The results will help your consultant identify the root cause of your potential heart health issues.