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Procedure Name: Echocardiogram


Department Responsible for performing Procedure:
Cardiology

Department Contact Information:
(770) 991-8295

Where to Report:
Please enter at the Outpatient Entrance (view map) and go to the Admissions desk (view map) two hours before your scheduled procedure. You will be directed to the Cardiology Department (view map) where your procedure will be done.

What to Bring:
- Physician Order
- Your insurance / Medicaid / Medicare card
- Driver's License / Photo Identification
- Any forms from your physician
- Please check with your insurance carrier for any authorization requirements.


Patient Instructions:
- Wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
- Please read the Procedure Information for additional instructions and information.
- Please follow any other specific instructions given to you by your doctor.

Procedure Information:
An echocardiogram is a painless test similar to X-ray, but without the radiation. The procedure uses the same technology used to evaluate a baby's health before birth. High frequency sound waves (ultrasound) are bounced off the heart structures (using a device called a transducer) producing images and sounds that can be used by the doctor to detect heart damage and disease. During the test, there will be slight pressure from the transducer, but this will not be painful. The test will take approximately 45 minutes to complete.


Additional Information:
The waiting area (view map) is located in the Cardiology Department for family members.

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