CVI at BID–Needham offers several echocardiogram studies. Echocardiography is a non-invasive imaging technique that uses sound waves to assess the health of the heart. The laboratory features state-of-the-art imaging systems with real-time electronic report generation. Study interpretations are provided by staff physicians who have passed the National Board of Echocardiography's Examination of Special Competency in Adult Echocardiography.

Procedures include

  • Transthoracic (surface) echocardiography
  • Transesophageal echocardiography
  • Stress (physiologic and pharmacologic) echocardiography
  • Contrast echocardiography

Physicians often prescribe echocardiograms for patients with the following conditions

  • Valvular heart disease
  • Ventricular dysfunction
  • Congenital heart disease.
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Pericardial disease
  • Cardiac source of embolism

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