Echocardiograms are heart exams that use sound waves to produce a study of the motion of the valves and heart chamber. The technology utilized is similar to that used to examine fetuses in the womb. Echocardiography is a low risk procedure, and can generally be performed with minimal discomfort.

This is a first-line imaging test for assessment of cardiac size and function as well as pericardial diseases and valvular function. Emory offers the latest technology and has published extensively on its use.

A full range of ultrasound services is provided by the Emory Cardiac Imaging Center. These include transthoracic echocardiograms, transesophageal echocardiograms, stress (exercise or pharmacologic) echocardiograms, and carotid ultrasounds. All labs are staffed by experienced sonographers.