A transthoracic echocardiogram is an ultrasound scan of the heart.

Why do I need to have this test?

Your doctor has requested that you have this non-invasive test in order to have information about the structure and function of your heart.

What should I wear when I attend for my test?

It would be most helpful if you could wear clothing that is fairly easy to remove from the waist up.

What happens during the test?

The test will be performed in a private room. You will be asked to remove all clothing from the waist up and will be offered a towel/gown. You will then be asked to lie on your left side on a
couch. Gel will be applied to the chest area and a small probe moved over the skin. The scan normally takes up to 30 minutes to complete.

Will I experience any discomfort or side effects?

It is a painless test and does not use radiation or x-rays. There are no risks associated with a transthoracic echocardiogram and it can safely be performed on adults, children and babies alike.
There is no risk to unborn babies.