Echocardiograms

Echocardiograms, otherwise known as echos or heart scans, are undertaken in house at our Aberdeen location. Children as well as adult scanning is available.

Echocardiograms are conducted at our Aberdeen, Westhill clinic by Caroline Westgate – Principle Cardiac Physiologist. Caroline travels from London to Aberdeen to specifically to host the clinic.

An echocardiogram may be requested by your Cardiologist or any doctor who believes you may have a problem with your heart. You must be referred by a doctor in order to have such a scan. If you do not have a referral, one of our doctors may carry out a consultation and arrange the referral. Occasionally other tests may be recommended along an echocardiogram.

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Echocardiogram FAQ

An Echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart. Ultrasound waves are used to create a visual image of the heart which can help to diagnose and monitor certain heart conditions. The image allows the sonographer to check the structure of the heart, the heart valves and the surrounding blood vessels to analyse how blood flows through them and to assess the pumping chambers of the heart.

Echocardiograms are safe and painless and can be done from birth. Unlike other imaging techniques, such as X-Rays, they do not use radiation and there are no lasting effects.

Echocardiograms can be used to assess:

  • Heart Murmurs
  • Heart valves – their anatomy and movement
  • Heart muscle – thickness and movement
  • Overall anatomy of the heart

An echocardiogram can be used to assess how your heart functions when you have / suspect you have had:

  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Heart valve problems
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Endocarditis

No special preparation is necessary for a standard echocardiogram. You can eat, drink, and take medications as you normally would.

  • A technician (sonographer) spreads gel on a device (transducer).
  • The sonographer presses the transducer firmly against your skin, aiming an ultrasound beam through your chest to your heart.
  • The transducer records the sound wave echoes from your heart.
  • A computer converts the echoes into moving images on a monitor.

Following your echo, a report will be produced by Caroline detailing the heart anatomy, heart movements and any defects observed during the echo.

You will receive a copy of your report and a copy will also be sent to your referral doctor.

You may be asked to schedule a further appointment to discuss your results and the next steps.

Meet our experts

Ms Caroline Westgate

  • Qualifications: ONC Medical Physics/Physiological Measurements; HNC Medical Physics/Physiological Measurements; Member of the British Society of Echocardiography; Senior Associate Member of the Royal Society of Medicine
  • Location(s): Aberdeen - ROC Private Clinic
  • Clinical Interest(s): Cardio-Vascular Ultrasound; Echocardiography
  • BIO:

    Caroline Westgate is a highly experienced Cardiac Physiologist working with ROC to provide high quality medical care, specialising in echocardiography.

    Ms Westgate studied at the National Heart Hospital and Westminister College and has been actively engaged in patient care since the 1980s.

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