What to expect
The 2D Doppler echocardiogram with color flow heart test will take about 45 minutes.
You will be asked to remove your shirt or blouse and put on a gown or a sheet to keep you comfortable and maintain privacy.
After lying on an examination table, the technician will apply a colorless gel to your chest. The transducer will be moved back and forth across your chest to obtain several views of your heart.
You may be asked to move from your back and to the side.
Instructions may also be given for you to breathe slowly or to hold your breath. This helps in obtaining higher quality pictures of your heart.
With Doppler echocardiograms, as the transducer moves over your heart, you will hear a “whooshing” sound, much like that of a washing machine. This sound relates to the movement of blood within your heart chambers.
The images are constantly viewed on the monitor and recorded for a permanent record of the examination. This is reviewed by the physician prior to completion of the final report.