The Echocardiography Department is located within the Cardiopulmonary Department. A Transthoracic Echo is an extremely useful test for studying the heart’s anatomy. It is a safe non-invasive test. We currently run two labs daily - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Appointments are available in less than 2 weeks.
An echocardiogram reveals important information about the anatomy of the heart. It is especially useful for detecting problems with the heart valves (such as aortic stenosis or mitral valve prolapse). It is also an extremely useful test for evaluating congenital heart disease. It is also a good way to get a general idea of the overall function of the heart.
The Cardiopulmonary Department uses the GE Vivid 7 Digital Echo Units. Our GE Vivid 7 units drastically improve image quality. The digital echo has a higher image quality and therefore results in a more accurate image. This is the main reason why digital echo is now the standard format for image acquisition and reporting. The Vivid 7 units have improved our diagnostic accuracy and speed of reporting.
We are looking forward to Summer 2008, when we will be introducing a new Cardiologist to the Queensway Carleton Hospital. Our vision for the upcoming year is to explore programs such as Transesophageal Echos (TEE). A TEE Program will allow the echocardiography service to provide the most accurate cardiac imaging in critically ill patients.
To book a Transthoracic Echo, simply have your Doctor fax a requisition to the Queensway Carleton Hospital’s booking department and you will be called for an appointment shortly. Our waiting list is 1-2 weeks for an Echo.
What to Expect at Your Appointment
You will be greeted by one of our friendly, caring, qualified Sonographers.
- They will take you to your room and answer any questions you may have regarding your echo.
- Be prepared to spend 45 minutes at the hospital.
- There is no preparation needed for this test.
- You will be asked to lie on a bed and the Sonographer places a transducer (a device that looks similar to a computer mouse) over the chest wall. The transducer is moved back and forth across the chest wall, collecting several “views” of the heart. A Vaseline-like gel is applied to the chest to aid in sliding the transducer back and forth.
- The machine is equipped with speakers so you can expect to hear computer generated sounds of the heart – this is a normal part of the study.
There is no preparation.
What to Bring
- Your OHIP or Sun card
- A list of your medications
Where Can I get More Information?
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
How to reach us if you have any questions
From Monday to Friday, 8 – 4:30 pm call 613-721-2000
Our booking office can be reached by phone at 613-721-4711, by fax 613-721-4771
No Diagnostic Test will be performed without a requisition.
Please call 613-721-4711 if you cannot keep your appointment.