Three-dimensional (3D) Echocardiogram
Lee Health: Your Trusted Heart Specialists For 3D Echocardiogram
Our community deserves the very best from us as their trusted partner. The echocardiogram lab at Lee Health provides the latest technology for evaluating cardiac function. This technology allows for greater consistency and accuracy through automation on our ultrasound machines.
What is a 3D Echocardiogram?
3D echo technique captures three-dimensional views of the heart structures with greater depth than a 2-D echo. Multiple studies have shown that 3-D echo is more accurate than 2-D echo and can be of greater use in some cases.
The 3-D echo technique is used to improve image quality, and reader confidence and for assessing structure and functionality. The live or “real-time” images allow for a more accurate assessment of heart function by using measurements taken while the heart is beating. The 3-D echo shows enhanced views of the heart’s anatomy and can be used to determine the appropriate plan of treatment for a person with heart disease.
Why Might a 3D Echocardiogram Be Performed?
An echocardiogram may be done for further evaluation of signs or symptoms. Your doctor may order an echo to see if your symptoms, such as chest pain or shortness of breath might be related to your heart. It can help guide treatment decisions for CHF, afib, chemotherapy, and valve surgery patients.
How Can I Prepare For a 3D Echocardiogram?
It is best to talk to your doctor before your procedure. Usually, there are no special preparations necessary for a standard 3D echocardiogram. You can eat, drink and take medications as you normally would. This imaging procedure is not invasive and carries little to no risks for the patient. Generally, there is no special aftercare for a 3D echo either.
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What is the difference between a 3D Echocardiogram and a MRI?
The procedure has been validated with a close accuracy to that of MRI, without the radiation. This can give relief to patients and their doctors. Learn more about MRI imaging offered at Lee Health:
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
MRI is a painless imaging procedure used to help your physician diagnose a wide variety of conditions. In many cases, it provides different information about structures within the body that can’t be viewed through other imaging procedures.
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