Types of echocardiograms
  • M-mode echo is the simplest technique, and produces a one-dimensional picture of the heart. This test is useful for measuring the size of the chambers of the heart.

    Two-dimensional (2-D) echo is the most widely-used type of echocardiogram, producing very realistic images of the heart in computer-generated "slices".

    Doppler and Color Doppler echocardiograms show how fast and in which direction the blood is flowing within the heart. Dr. Alenick can see how the heart valves function with this type of echo.

    Fetal echocardiography is used for fetuses to detect the structure and function of the heart as well as rhythm disturbances. It is most often used in cases of history of heart disease or genetic syndromes, or where the mother has diabetes, Rh sensitization or other medical conditions.

  • Pediatric transesophageal echocardiography allows the doctor to image the heart from behind by passing the transducer into the esophagus. The procedure is used as an alternative to cardiac catheterization, which is a more invasive procedure. This test is performed under sedation and is not an in-office procedure.