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Cardiovascular Institute


Echocardiography is a non-invasive procedure that uses ultrasound to study the structure and motions of the heart. This allows cardiologists to view structural defects of the heart at any angle.

Leading-edge evaluation technologies in use at CVI’s Echocardiography Laboratory include:

  • Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), which helps detect valve problems, congenital heart disease, tears of the aorta and strokes caused by blood clots.
  • Stress echocardiography, mainly used to diagnose and evaluate coronary artery disease.
  • Tissue Doppler imaging, an essential tool for detecting congestive heart failure, acute myocardial infarction and hypertension.
  • 3D echocardiography, which evaluates diseases of the heart valves, coronary artery disease and other conditions.
  • Contrast echocardiography, a major tool for detecting ischemic heart disease.

Testing is performed within 48 hours of referral and test results are available within 24 hours; emergency testing is available around the clock.

Learn more about Echocardiography in our Health Library.

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