Cardiac Echo, often referred to as an echocardiogram or simply an echo, is a sonogram of the heart. A Cardiac Echo scan uses standard two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and Doppler ultrasound to create images of the heart.
Cardiac Echo has become routinely used in the diagnosis, management, and follow-up of patients with any suspected or known heart diseases. It is one of the most widely used diagnostic tests in cardiology. It can provide a wealth of helpful information, including the size and shape of the heart, pumping capacity, and the location and extent of any tissue damage. A Cardiac Echo exam can also give physicians other estimates of heart function such as a calculation of the cardiac output, ejection fraction, and diastolic function (how well the heart relaxes).