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A transthoracic echocardiogram provides a 3D image of the heart. We look at what to expect and the possible risks involved.
You will be asked to move on to your left side. Cold jelly is placed on the chest to make a good contact between the ultrasound probe and the chest wall. It allows the doctor to examine the heart from different angles. All pictures are taken from the front of the chest.
Finally, because of the way ultrasound behaves, the test is prone to artefacts - i.e doctors see apparent abnormalities that are not really there..