D Echo is a test for heart, in which the ultrasound technique is used to take heart pictures. It displays beating heart, chambers, valves and the major blood vessels of the heart in cross-sectional ‘slice’.
‘Doppler’ is a special element of this ultrasound exam that assesses heart blood flow.
A colourless gel is applied to the chest area and then they will ask you to lay on the left side, as the technician moves the transducer across the various location of your chest to get the desired view of the heart.
Certain instructions will be given to the patient to breathe slowly or to hold breathe a few seconds. This helps in getting superior quality pictures. These images are recorded (DVD, paper) and viewed on the monitor.