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Obtaining a Clear Picture of Your Heart Health

Kirby Medical Center provides comprehensive and advanced diagnostic imaging services to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of a range of heart conditions. Imaging services are performed under the supervision of the experienced radiologists and Cardiologists using the most up-to-date equipment and technology.


This type of ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to examine the heart and the surrounding soft tissue. Three electrodes are attached to the chest and are then attached to an electrocardiograph (EKG). A device called a transducer is coated with gel and rubbed over the areas that are being examined as it releases sound waves into the chest. The exam is performed by a registered sonographer and lasts about an hour.

Doctors perform echocardiograms to examine:

  • Abnormal enlargement of the heart (cardiomyopathy)
  • Congenital heart defects
  • High blood pressure
  • Damage from a heart attack
  • Heart Valve Structure & Function

You are free to leave once the exam is completed. Results take three to five days to process.