Who performs the test?
A registered sonographer trained in echocardiography will typically perform the echo. Occasionally, a physician may perform the entire echo.
Sometimes, a cardiologist specialized in echocardiography will come in at the end of the study, review images or may obtain additional images.
Who interprets the test?
A cardiologist who specializes in echocardiography will review the study and generate a report.
How long does an echocardiogram take?
The echocardiogram usually takes between 30 minutes to an hour in an unsedated but cooperative child. If a child is sedated for the study, they will need to stay until the nurse or doctor feels they are ready to leave the hospital – usually about 20 to 30 minutes after they wake up.
How do I learn about the test results?
Your cardiologist can review the results of the echocardiogram immediately, and the results are often communicated before you leave.
Results of a child's echocardiogram can be obtained from the ordering physician within 24 hours from the test.