A transthoracic echocardiogram, or TTE, is the most common type of echocardiogram we do for people with heart conditions. This test gives your doctor a good view of your overall heart health.
Transthoracic means on the chest wall. An echocardiogram, or echo, is an ultrasound test of the heart.
During a TTE, we use sound waves to create computerized outlines of your heart and its attached blood vessels. Your doctor can then check your heart’s chambers, valves and blood vessels for abnormalities and for any extra fluid building up around your heart.
The TTE procedure takes about an hour. You do not have to prepare for it. There are no significant side effects to this minimally invasive test.
When you get a TTE at an Aurora Health Care location, you can look forward to:
We will perform your TTE at an Aurora hospital, clinic or emergency room. You can eat and drink normally before the test. There are no special preparations required. Your TTE could take up to an hour.
For your exam, we will ask you to remove your clothes from the waist up and change into a hospital gown. You can expect:
In many cases, we are able to send your TTE results to your doctor within 24 hours. Your doctor will get in touch with you to discuss the test outcome and to recommend further testing or a treatment plan.
We offer transthoracic echocardiograms (TTEs) at 33 inpatient and outpatient laboratories.