2-D Echocardiogram

Amelia Heart & Vascular Center is a respected leader in vascular medicine serving the Northern Virginia area.

What is a 2-D Echocardiogram?

A two-dimensional echocardiogram (ultrasound) is able to non-invasively capture images of your heart through sound waves. This routine test allows the physician to examine your heart structure and pumping function. The physician will be able to examine the valves within your heart, the size of your heart chamber, the velocity and direction of blood flow, and identify any possible abnormalities. 

What do I have to do in the echocardiogram test?

You will lie down on an exam table for a trained sonographer to take pictures of the heart. This will be performed by lying on the left side and having a probe placed on various parts of your chest. The pictures taken will determine the pumping function and overall structure of the heart.