What is Pediatric Echocardiography (Pedia Echo)?
Pediatric Echocardiography is used to diagnose or rule out heart diseases in children. The echocardiogram can detect structural abnormalities of the heart and show valve shape, motion, narrowing or backward flow.
How is it performed?
The procedure is done with the child will lying down tilted slightly on his / her side on a bed. A small hand-held device called a transducer is placed against the skin and is moved over the chest and abdominal area.
The echo machine will show parts of the child’s heart and produce sounds of the beating of the patient’s heart. These images and sounds help the Echocardiographer in the diagnosis and interpretation of the procedure.
What are the preparations for the procedure?
Children 4 years old and above normally do not require any special preparation. However, for children below 4 years of age, sedation may be required by taking a mild sleeping medication. This will be explained thoroughly by the staff who will attend to your child’s procedure.
How long will the procedure take?
Pediatric echocardiography usually takes around 20-30 minutes.
When will the result of the procedure be available?
The result of the Pedia Echo may be available one hour after the procedure has been done. Parents have the option to wait for the result, have it delivered to the patient’s attending physician or may be sent thru email.