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Echocardiography Lab

Echocardiography Lab

University Hospital Primary Care Center Second Floor 1221 Lee St. Charlottesville, VA 22908
Location Hours:

Monday - Friday | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Echocardiography Lab

Parking: Free with validation, using your green parking ticket when you register at your appointment. Use the Lee Street Parking Garage directly across the street from University Hospital and Emergency Department.

Floorplan (PDF)

Overview

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)

Patient Information

Test Results

You'll get your test results from your referring healthcare provider.

Referrals

Appointments by healthcare provider referral only.

Echo Tests

Echocardiogram (TTE)

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 Echocardiography

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. 

Hemodynamic Test

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