M-mode 2D echocardiography and cardiac doppler are performed to obtain views of the heart and look at how blood flows through the heart chambers, heart valves, and blood vessels. 

This test is used to look for the cause of abnormal heart sounds, an enlarged heart, unexplained chest pains, shortness of breath, or irregular heartbeats; check the thickness and movement of the heart wall; look at the heart valves and check how well they work; see how well an artificial heart valve is working; measure the size and shape of the heart’s chambers; check the ability of your heart chambers to pump blood; detect a disease that affects the heart muscle and the way it pumps; and look for blood clots and tumors inside the heart.


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General Preparation Information

Each imaging exam has its own guidelines. Special instructions for your exam will be given at the time of scheduling. For certain procedures, we will contact you 24-48 hours prior to your exam with specific preparation instructions. The following are general guidelines that apply to all imaging exams:

  • Notify your physician and our staff if there is any chance that you may be pregnant and/or are currently breastfeeding.
  • Discuss any special needs – such as dietary and/or physical limitations – with us in advance.
  • Ask us about recovery time in advance, and let us know if you require a driver so that you can make the necessary arrangements with work and/or family.
  • Wear comfortable, metal-free clothing. Be prepared to change into a patient gown if necessary.
  • Arrive 20 minutes in advance to verify your registration information and provide any additional health information before your exam.
  • Bring prior x-rays or scans with you to the exam if you are instructed to do so.

Upper Abdominal & Retroperitoneal Ultrasound Preparation Information

  • There is no necessary preparation for this exam.


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