Department

Echocardiography Specialty Center

The Great Falls Clinic Echocardiography Lab has held national accreditation since 2003 with the ICAEL in Pediatric and Adult Resting and Stress Echocardiography

Echocardiogram: A resting ultrasound evaluation of structure, function, blood flow and pressures within the heart. Images are obtained by placing a transducer at various locations on the chest. This test includes color Doppler evaluation of blood flow.

Stress Echocardiogram: An echocardiogram is done both before and after your heart is stressed either by having you exercise on a treadmill or by injecting a medicine that makes your heart beat harder and faster. A stress echocardiogram is usually done to find out if you might have blockage or decreased blood flow to your heart’s arteries (coronary artery disease, or CAD).

Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE): For this test, the probe is passed down the esophagus instead of being moved over the outside of the chest wall. TEE shows clearer pictures of your heart, because the probe is located closer to the heart and because the lungs and bones of the chest wall do not block the sound waves produced by the probe. A sedative and an anesthetic applied to the throat are used to make you comfortable during this test.

The Echocardiography department is an outpatient hospital department of the Great Falls Clinic Hospital.
Department Hours
Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Contact This Department
Great Falls Clinic Specialty Center
3000 15th Avenue South
Great Falls, MT 59405
406.454.2171

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