What is a Transthoracic Echocardiogram (TTE)? – A TTE is a noninvasive ultrasound – using high-frequency soundwaves to create moving images of your heart through the chest wall. – There is NO radiation when getting a TTE. – A TTE gives your doctor a good view of your overall heart health. o Evaluates heart size o Evaluates the amount of blood being pumped out of your heart o Evaluates valve function o Evaluates for injury to the heart muscle
What to expect during your Transthoracic Echocardiogram (TTE)? – There is no special preparation required before your exam. – This exam may take up to 1 hour to complete. – You will be attached to electrodes in order to monitor your heart rate and electrical activity during the exam. – You will be laying down for most of this exam and positioned on your side when possible to obtain optimal imaging.
Unlike other radiology exams – your TTE will be read by a Cardiologist as opposed to a Radiologist.