What is an Echocardiogram?
An echocardiogram (also known as echocardiography) is an ultrasound examination of the heart. The scan itself uses high-frequency soundwaves to create a real-time ‘picture’ of what’s happening inside your heart. This moving image helps your doctor understand what is occurring with your heart’s structures and blood flow.
What to expect from an Echocardiogram?
The ultrasound probe will be put on your chest and moved around to gather relevant information relating to your heart’s structures and blood flow.
How to prepare for your appointment
You do not need to make any specific preparations prior to your echocardiography appointment. However, you should wear comfortable clothing that has no metal zippers, belts, or buttons. You will need to remove any clothing and jewellery above the chest before the scan commences.
Generally, the scan itself will take approximately 30–40 minutes, however this may differ depending on the findings. After your procedure is complete, you will be able to resume all normal activities without any side effects from the scan.
What do you need to bring to your appointment?
- Your referral form - please note we accept all referral forms from all providers
- Medicare card
- Pension or concession card
- Any prior imaging
When will my doctor receive the results?
The results will be reviewed by either a radiologist or cardiologist. From their findings, they will send your doctor a detailed report, which you will discuss together at a future appointment.
Fees and Billing
As a community focused radiology provider, in most instances, we bulk bill to Medicare, but it is important to check with your individual practice prior to your service.
This service incurs an out-of-pocket fee due to the complexity of the examination. If you are a pension or concession card holder, this service will be bulk billed where Medicare criteria is met.