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Contrast echocardiography

A contrast echocardiogram uses a special dye that is injected into one of the veins in your arms which helps us to see your heart more clearly.

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. 

How can I book a contrast echocardiography test?

A contrast echocardiography test is something that will be recommended by your Consultant, at which point our team will arrange an appointment for you. 
If you think you may need a contrast echocardiography test and you aren’t speaking to one of our Consultants yet, book an initial consultation using our online booking portal. If you need a contrast echocardiography test, they will arrange it for you. 

Specialists offering Contrast echocardiography

Dr Malcolm Metcalfe

Consultant Cardiologist and Deputy Medical Director NHSG


BMI Albyn Hospital

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Dr Dushyant Maradia

Consultant Cardiologist

BMI The Kings Oak Hospital 1 more BMI The Cavell Hospital

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Professor Adrian Brady

Consultant Cardiologist and Honorary Professor

B.Sc (Hons), M.D., F.R.C.P (Glasg), F.R.C.P.E., F.B.H.S., F.E.S.C., F.A.H.A.

BMI Ross Hall Hospital 1 more Ross Hall Clinic Braehead

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