Primary Care Center, 2nd Floor
1221 Lee St.
Charlottesville, VA 22908
434.243.1000 ph. | 434.982.0763 fx.
- Echo Tests
Hours of Operation
- Monday - Friday | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Appointments by healthcare provider referral only.
You'll get your test results from your referring healthcare provider.
The Echo Lab provides cardiovascular diagnostic tests, including:
- Transthoracic echocardiograms (TTE)
- Stress echocardiography
- Exercise/treadmill/bicycle stress tests
- Pharmacologic stress tests
- Hemodynamic stress tests
- Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE)
From North (Culpeper): Follow U.S. 29 South toward Charlottesville. U.S. 29 South turns into Emmet Street. Turn left onto U.S. 250 Business East/University Ave. Take a sharp right at light onto Jefferson Park Avenue. Turn left on Lee Street. University Hospital is across from the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center.
From South (Lynchburg): Follow U.S. 29 North toward Charlottesville. Take the exit onto U.S. 29 Business North/Fontaine Avenue. Continue straight onto Jefferson Park Avenue. Turn right to stay on Jefferson Park Avenue. Turn right onto Lee Street. University Hospital is across from the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center.
From East (Richmond): Take I-64 West toward Charlottesville. Take exit 121 for state Route 20 toward Charlottesville/Scottsville. Turn right onto state Route 20 North. Turn left onto Elliott Avenue. Continue onto Cherry Avenue. Turn right onto Roosevelt Brown Boulevard. Take third left onto Crispell Drive. Take the first right onto Lee Street. Take a slight left at the stoplight onto Jefferson Park Avenue. University Hospital is across from the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center.
From West (Staunton): Take I-64 East toward Richmond. Take exit 118B to merge onto U.S. 29 North toward Charlottesville/Culpeper. Take the U.S. 29 Business North/Fontaine Avenue ramp to Charlottesville. Turn right onto U.S. 29 Business North/Fontaine Avenue. Continue straight onto Jefferson Park Avenue. Turn right to stay on Jefferson Park Avenue. Turn right onto Lee Street. University Hospital is across from the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center.
Park in the Lee Street Parking Garage, across from Emergency Department. Your parking will be validated so there is no charge.
This test uses sound waves to make moving pictures of your heart. This lets doctors evaluate how well your heart squeezes and relaxes while at rest. These images may be used to identify abnormalities with your heart valve or heart chambers.
Time: No preparation is required. Allow 1 hour per appointment.
Stress echo testing allows doctors to detect significant coronary artery disease. These tests may also be used to determine the severity of a valve abnormality or the effectiveness of medications. During these tests, the heart is viewed while at rest and during stress (exercise).
Transesophageal Echo (TEE)
The ultrasound transmitter is guided down your throat and into the esophagus. It's then placed near the heart to provide a close-up view of the heart's chambers and valves.
For this test, you'll be mildly sedated and won't be able to drive home.
This nuclear imaging test evaluates heart and circulation function.
Nuclear Exercise Stress Test
This test evaluates blood flow to the heart while you exercise on a treadmill or stationary bike. A small amount of radioactive dye is injected into a vein and a special camera producers computer images of the heart.
Time: 4 hours