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What is a transthoracic echocardiogram?

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A transthoracic echocardiogram is the standard type of echocardiogram. It 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. A hand-held device called a transducer is placed on the chest and transmits high frequency sound waves. These sound waves bounce off the heart structures, producing images and sounds that can be used by the doctor to detect heart damage and disease.

From: Heart Disease and the Echocardiogram WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: The Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute. The National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on February 4, 2019

SOURCES: The Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute. The National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on February 4, 2019

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