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Getting ready for your Echocardiogram

Similar to the monograms used during pregnancy, an echocardiogram uses a probe gently moved across the chest. This probe emits sound waves which are convened into moving images of the heart. These images are displayed on a screen and will be recorded on a hard drive and disk. This test allows our doctor's to learn how the heart functions at rest. It provides valuable information about the structure, size, and how well your heart is pumping.

Before The Test:

  • You should allow one hour which includes preparation and the imaging portion.

  • Wear comfortable attire as you will be laying on an exam table, while the sonographer obtains your images.

  • There are no dietary restrictions for this test.

During The Test:

  • You will be asked to lie on an examination table. To improve the quality of the pictures, a colorless gel is applied to the area of the chest where the transducer will be placed.

  • We will apply electrodes (small sticky patches) to your chest, so we can record the electrical activity of your heart. This is called an EKG.

  • The sonographer moves the transducer to various places over the left side of your chest. Pictures of your heart at rest are recorded on a hard drive and disk.

After The Test:

  • Information gained from this test helps your doctor make an accurate diagnosis and develop a treatment plan that is best for you.

  • Your doctor or you doctors' nurse, will contact you to give you the test results.

  • A complete interpretation will be sent to your referring physician.

If you have any questions or concerns before or after your test please feel free to call our staff at 951.352.3937 or email at

The information contained in this web site is presented for information purposes only, and is not intended to substitute in any way a consultation with a physician or competent healthcare professional for medical diagnosis and/or treatment.


Cardiology Specialists Medical Group is a group of 10 Cardiologists in the Inland Empire, California. CSMG offers general cardiology, Electrophysiology, EP studies, and Interventional cardiology with the newest non-invasive procedures in the area.


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