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Private Echocardiogram (Echo) in London

 

 

What is an Echocardiogram?

Echocardiogram or Echo is an ultrasound test that uses sound waves to create moving pictures of your heart. Echo cardiac involves placing a device called a transducer on your chest. The device sends special sound waves, called ultrasound, through your chest wall to your heart. As the ultrasound waves bounce off the structures of your heart, a computer in the echo ultrasound machine converts them into pictures on a screen. The echo scan uses ultrasound waves just like the scans performed in pregnant women to examine the unborn baby and is completely safe and painless.

The echo can evaluate the size and shape of your heart and identify the areas of heart muscle that are not contracting optimally because of poor blood flow from a previous heart attack. A type of echo called Doppler ultrasound shows how well blood flows through the chambers and valves of the heart.

The echography can detect possible blood clots inside the heart, fluid buildup in the pericardium (the sac around the heart), and problems with the aorta, the main artery that carries oxygen-rich blood from your heart to your body.

 

 

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Who needs an Echocardiogram.

You may need an echo if you have signs or symptoms of heart problems such as shortness of breath and swelling in the legs which could be possible signs of heart failure. Heart failure is a condition in which your heart cannot pump enough oxygen-rich blood to meet your body's needs. Echo can show how well your heart is pumping blood.

An echocardiogram canal so help find the cause of abnormal heart sounds, such as heart murmurs. Heart murmurs are extra or unusual sounds heard during the heartbeat. Some heart murmurs are harmless, while others are signs of abnormal heart function.

  • Echo also can detect increased thickness of the ventricles (the heart's lower chambers). Increased thickness may be due to high blood pressure, heart valve disease, or congenital heart defects.
  • Echo can identify the heart muscles that are weak and not pumping well. Damage from a heart attack may cause weak areas of heart muscle. Weakening also might mean that the area is not getting enough blood supply, a sign of coronary heart disease.
  • Echo can show whether any of your heart valves does or not open normally or close tightly.
  • Echo can detect congenital heart defects. Congenital heart defects are structural problems present at birth.
  • Echo can detect blood clots or tumors associated with a recent stroke.
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What happens during the echocardiogram.

For this private echocardiogram, you will need to undress to the waist and lie on the couch. A probe is placed on your chest.  Lubricating gel is applied to your chest so the probe makes good contact with the skin. The probe is connected by a wire to the ultrasound machine and monitor. Pulses of ultrasound are sent from the probe through the skin towards your heart. The ultrasound waves then 'bounce back from the heart (called echoes) and various structures in the heart creating an image of the heart 

 

What are the risks of an Echocardiogram?


Transthoracic and fetal echocardiography (echo) have no risks. These tests are safe for adults, children, and infants.
If you have a transesophageal echo (TEE), some risks are associated with the medicine given to help you relax. You could have a bad reaction to the medicine, problems breathing and nausea. The consultant will address the complications should you experience any.
Your throat also might be sore for a few hours after the test. Rarely, the tube used during TEE causes minor throat injuries which will resolve swiftly.
Stress echo has some risks, but they're related to the exercise or medicine used to raise your heart rate, not the echo. Serious complications from stress tests are very uncommon. 

 

Types of echocardiography.

There are several types of echocardiography (echo)—all using sound waves to create moving pictures of your heart. Unlike x rays and some other tests, echo does not involve radiation.

 

Transthoracic Echocardiography

Transthoracic echo is the most common type of echocardiogram test. It's painless and noninvasive. This type of echo involves placing a device called a transducer on your chest. The device sends special sound waves, called ultrasound, through your chest wall to your heart. As the ultrasound waves bounce off the structures of your heart, a computer in the echo machine converts them into pictures on a screen.

Stress Echocardiography

Stress echo is done as part of a  stress test. During a stress test, you exercise or take medicine (given by your doctor) to make your heart work harder and beat faster. A technician will use echo to create pictures of your heart before you exercise and as soon as you finish exercising. This facilitates the diagnosis of heart diseases.

Some heart problems, such as coronary heart disease, are easier to diagnose when the heart is working hard and beating fast.

 

Transesophageal Echocardiography

If your doctor cannot get the optimal image of the aorta or heart details using a standard transthoracic echo, he might need to perform a transesophageal echo or TEE.

During this test, the transducer is attached to the end of a flexible tube. The tube is guided down your throat and into your esophagus (the passage leading from your mouth to your stomach). This allows the consultant to get more detailed pictures of the heart.

 

Reasons for having an echocardiogram

  • You have shortness of breath

  • You have had a heart attack

  • Your doctor is concerned that you may have heart failure

  • Your doctor had found that you have a heart murmur

  • You had an ECG and it is not entirely normal

  • There is is a family history of certain heart conditions

  • You are being treated with certain types of anti-cancer drugs that need heart monitoring

  • You have high blood pressure

How much does a private Echo cost?

Our echocardiography scans are competitively priced with no have hidden extras..
Unfortunately, we do not accept insurance patients. If you have an insurance cover you will have to pay for the cost of the echocardiogram and claim it from your insurance company.
You can pay for your echo scan using cash or credit card.
 

 

 

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Sonoworld Diagnostic Services

Private Scan Clinic

4 Harley Street,

Marylebone, London,

W1G 9PB

Tel: 020 3633 4902

Email: info@sonoworld.co.uk

 

 

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Sonoworld offers private ultrasound scans to provide you with an accelerated diagnosis about your health so that you can continue enjoying your every day without unnecessary worry.
You have been probably referred by your doctor for an ultrasound examination but the NHS waiting times are long and you want rapid answers about the reasons for your healthcare complain. At Sonoworld you can have a same day ultrasound appointment with instant results to take to your doctor so that you can be back on track as soon as possible.
We all striving to achieve the best, every day of our lives but without our health, this is not possible. Our London ultrasound service offers the opportunity to take charge of your health and well being by booking an affordable private ultrasound scan at London’s best-known health district, the Harley Street.

 

Looking for a private ultrasound scan London?

You are in the right place if you are ultra smart and want to book an ultrasound in London with the best ultrasound clinic in Harley street, which is trusted by local GPs and NHS Consultants alike.

We all striving to achieve the best, every day of our lives but without our health, this is not possible. Our London ultrasound service offers the opportunity to take charge of your health and well being by booking an affordable private ultrasound scan at London’s best-known health district, the Harley Street, just a few minutes’ walk from Oxford Circus tube station. 

Click here to see the reasons our clients choose to have a private ultrasound.

We offer same day and out of hours private ultrasound scan appointments in days and times to suit your busy schedule.

Our consultant sonographers are very experienced in the field of diagnostic medical ultrasound so you can rest assured that your health is in good hands. We use the latest ultrasound diagnostic equipment to increase diagnostic accuracy. Sonoworld Diagnostics has been providing ultrasound scan services to the NHS and private sector since 2012 and therefore is well established in the field of medical ultrasound.

At our London ultrasound clinic, we are able to offer you private ultrasound scans in a clean and comfortable environment without the wait associated with the ultrasound scans provided by the NHS.

 

Looking for a Private Ultrasound Clinic?

You are in the right place if you are looking for a private scan clinic in London. 

We offer same day and out of hours private scan appointments in days and times to suit your busy schedule.

Our consultant sonographers are very experienced in the field of diagnostic sonography so you can rest assured that your health is in good hands. We use ultra-modern diagnostic equipment to increase diagnostic accuracy. Sonoworld has been providing ultrasound scan services to the NHS and private sector since 2012 and therefore is well established in the field of medical sonography.

At our London ultrasound clinic, we are able to offer you ultrasound examinations without the wait and stress associated with the NHS.

 

Do I need a doctor's referral for an ultrasound test?

No, you don't need a doctors referral to have an ultrasound test at Sonoworld. Most of our patients, in fact, are having a scan while they're waiting for their doctor's appointment.

 

Where can I get an ultrasound scan today?

In most cases, we are able to offer you an ultrasound appointment on the same day. We are even able to offer you an ultrasound scan during your lunch break to further reduce the disruption associated with a health appointment.

 

Private ultrasound scan nearby.

We are conveniently located in the heart of London, Harley Street and we are therefore easily accessible if you are living or you are working nearby and you want to have an ultrasound scan now.

 

What is a difference between sonography and ultrasound?

The word Sonography is made up of sono and graphy. Sono comes from the Latin Sonos which means sound and graphy from the Greek word grafei which means writing. So writing [drawing] images using sound and in our case ultrasound. Today it is more common to hear the expression of medical ultrasound than medical sonography in the UK.

 

What is an ultrasound scan? 

Ultrasound imaging is a medical diagnostic technique where sound waves are being used to image various parts of the body.
Other terms for ultrasound imaging that are being used are sonograms, US and sonography.
Ultrasound is widely used these days as it is painless and safe for adults, children and foetuses. There are no side effects such as the ones associated with ionising radiation produced by CT and plain x-rays.
During the ultrasound scan, the sonographer rests a small probe over the skin. This probe produces sound waves i.e. pulsations that travel through your skin and inside your body. Part of the sound waves are being reflected back to the transducer and the computer analyses the returning echoes and produces the image on the screen. Medical ultrasonography uses the same principle as the sonar that the navy uses to detect submarines.
Ultrasound is being used to image mostly solid soft organs such as liver, kidneys, uterus and ovaries, muscles and blood vessels and babies in the womb. It has, however, limited value in organs such lungs, bone, stomach and bowel/colon.
Ultrasound images are black and white but colour Doppler is being used to evaluate organ blood flow and blood vessels and this is what the red and blue colours on the screen are.

 

Private Pregnancy Scans - London

We offer a large range of private pregnancy scans in London starting with the early scan at 5 weeks gestation and other complimentary baby scans throughout your pregnancy including gender scangrowth scan and reassurance scans

We offer a same day private pregnancy scan service to provide you with peace of mind and quick reassurance about your pregnancy and your baby.

We also offer a range of 3D and 4D bonding scans for parents who want to meet their baby early. Our sonographers are fully qualified and comply with all the professional safety guidelines.

 

Why choose us for your private London ultrasound scan?

Sonoworld Diagnostic Services is registered with the CQC and has been trusted by the NHS and private sector since 2012 to provide unparalleled diagnostic ultrasound scan services.  Our clients include healthcare professional such as GP’s and consultant radiologists. This is because our clients know that at Sonoworld will get the best ultrasound scan service with no compromise in diagnostic accuracy or the level of service.  

We offer the widest Range of ultrasound scans in London.

We offer a full range of private ultrasound scans for women such as:

Pelvic scan

Breast scans

Abdomen Ultrasound Scan

Kidneys, ureters & bladder scan

Thyroid and Neck ultrasound scans

Groin/Hernia scans

Soft tissue lumps & bumps

Our range of private ultrasound scans for men include:

Testicular ultrasound scan

Abdominal Ultrasound Scans

Kidneys, ureters & prostate scans

Neck and Thyroid scans

Groin/hernia scans

Soft tissue lumps & bumps

We also offer musculoskeletal ultrasound scans such as:

Shoulder scans

Elbows scans

Hands and wrists scans

Hip scans

Knee scans

Ankle and Feet

Soft tissue lumps & bumps

We offer vascular ultrasound scans such as:

Carotid ultrasound scan

Abdominal Aorta

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)

Venous insufficiency/Reflux scans

How much are private scans?

The price of a private ultrasound scan will depend on the type of ultrasound scan you need. Our prices are competitive starting from as low as £99. There are no hidden extras and the price you see is the price you pay.

 

Book a private ultrasound scan appointment 

We offer evening and weekends appointments.  You can choose the most suitable time and day by visiting our online booking diary. If for any reason you can not find a suitable ultrasound scan appointment please contact us via e-mail or phone.

 

 

 

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