Transthoracic Echocardiogram (TTE)

Sometimes called Echocardiography, Echo, “T-T-E”, or a Cardiac Ultrasound, a Transthoracic Echocardiagram, uses sound waves to produce real-time images of the size, shape, movement, and blood flow of your heart.

What to Expect During the Test

A special gel will be placed on your chest to help direct the sound waves back to the sound head. The sound head will then moved over your chest to look at different areas of your heart. The machine will also allow you to hear your heart beat at times.

This test is painless and involves little risk. Test results will be sent to your physician who will discuss them with you.

This test takes approximately 45 minutes to one hour.

After the Test

Should you experience chest pain or pressure, shortness of breath, nausea, pain into your jaw or back or dizziness, please call your doctor and 911.

Preparing for Your Test

  • Transportation: No special preparations are required for this test. You will be able to drive home after this test.
  • Food and Drink: You may eat before this test, however, avoid eating a large meal as it may make you feel uncomfortable or full during the testing.
  • Medications: Please consult with your physician if you should hold any of your medications before taking this test.
  • Clothing: Wear a shirt that can be easily removed while you wear your skirt or pants. One-piece clothing and dresses are not recommended. A hospital pajama top will be provided.
  • Check-in Time: Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment.

Appointment and Pre-Registration Required

Call the Queen's Pre-Registration Department at 808-691-4770 three days before your scheduled test to update your registration. Please have your medical insurance cards ready for verification.