Exam Preparation

Do not eat, drink, or smoke four hours prior to your appointment (except for water). Your last meal should not include any caffeine or alcohol. Do not use any creams, lotions, oils, or powders on your body for 48 hours prior to your appointment.

What Should I Wear

Comfortable, loose clothing should be worn, although in some cases a patient will be asked to change into a patient gown for the examination.


What to expect

Echocardiography (echo) is painless; the test usually takes less than an hour to do. For some types of echo, your doctor will need to inject saline or a special dye into one of your veins. The substance makes your heart show up more clearly on the echo pictures.

More Info

A type of ultrasound, an echocardiography (also known as an echo or echocardiogram), is a diagnostic tool that uses high-pitched sound waves to produce an image of the heart. The sound waves are sent through a transducer placed on the surface of the chest and reflect off certain areas of the heart which are then converted into pictures. This test is used to check the heart’s ability to pump blood effectively throughout the body and measure how much blood is actually pumped in each contraction. This test is also used to evaluate the valve function, find evidence of heart failure, and ensure that the heart is of normal size.

Locations for this exam

Royal Oak

royal_oakRoyal Oak 30701 Woodward Avenue

Sterling Heights

sterlingheightsSterling Heights 13753 19 Mile Rd


dearborn4407 Roemer Ave Dearborn, MI 48126