What is 3D Cardiac ultrasound?
It is a test that uses ultrasound waves to obtain three-dimensional images, allowing to observe more clearly and precisely different characteristics of the heart’s anatomy, such as its shape, strength, size, and movements.
Regularly, the use of 3D cardiac ultrasound is performed after the suspicion of conditions such as heart failure, infective endocarditis, pericarditis, and congenital heart diseases or tumors. In other cases, it could also help evaluate surgery success.
Prior to the procedure:
Your ABC doctor will analyze your medical history and clear all your doubts and concerns regarding the procedure and may even request a period of fasting prior to the test. Also remember the following:
- Tell your doctor if you have an infection and/or if you are taking any medication.
- Before the cardiac ultrasound, your doctor will likely order additional blood and laboratory studies.
- You will likely be asked to remove any dentures.
As a standard measure, before starting the procedure, a special gel will be applied to your chest, this will help slide a device called a transducer that will allow to obtain detailed images of your heart.
Depending on the type of cardiac ultrasound, it may be necessary to sedate you during the procedure and require the use of an oral probe, and even administer saline solution.
When the procedure is complete:
A cardiac ultrasound usually lasts 20 minutes maximum, and at the end of this procedure it is likely that you will be transferred to a room to monitor your vital signs so you can recover as soon as possible.
- This test is often outpatient, although in some cases it may require a short hospital stay.
- After a cardiac ultrasound, you could experience fatigue or some minor discomfort, especially if you had a transesophageal cardiac ultrasound.
If you need to follow any specific care your ABC doctor will inform you and guide you according to the results obtained.
At the Cardiovascular Center we offer you a wide range of prevention, diagnosis, timely treatment, and follow-up services to take care of you through a comprehensive and multidisciplinary care model. Come to us, we want to hear your heart.
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