Services

Transthoracic Echocardiogram

Transthoracic Echocardiogram

What is a transthoracic echocardiogram?

During a transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE), a technologist obtains views of the heart by moving a small instrument called a transducer to different locations on the chest or abdominal wall. A transducer, which resembles a microphone, sends sound waves into the chest and picks up echos that reflect off different parts of the heart.

 

Before the test:

There is no special preparation for the TTE.

 

What happens during a TTE?

- During a TTE, you will lie on your back or on your left side on a bed or table.

- Three ECG electrodes will be placed on your chest to record a single ECG trace.

- A small amount of gel will be rubbed on the left side of your chest to help pick up the sound waves.

- The transducer is pressed firmly against your chest and moved to several areas on the chest to obtain the images of your heart.

- The echos from the transducer are sent to a video monitor that records pictures of your heart for later viewing and evaluation.

Unfortunately your browser does not support Flash Player version 10. Without Flash you will be unable to experience our site as it was meant to be seen.

Please click here to download the latest version of Flash.