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Echo Tests

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Echocardiogram Tests| Detroit Cardiologists

The experienced and knowledgeable team of cardiologists, heart surgeons, nurses and support staff at the Heart & Vascular Institute remain dedicated to providing patients with the best possible care. In order to properly diagnose and treat your condition, our heart doctors rely on state-of-the-art technology and advanced testing procedures to pinpoint and confirm specific characteristics of each patient’s unique situation.

This precise and detailed approach ensures that our cardiovascular specialists have the information they need to make informed, data-rich decisions regarding your health and treatment.

The information below explains the four different echocardiogram tests we perform to as certain detailed information regarding your specific situation so that we can more accurately diagnose and treat your condition.

Echo Ultrasound

An echocardiogram test allows physicians to see movement of the heart muscle inside the body using ultrasound technology — similar to that used to view a developing fetus in the womb. There are a number of different types of echocardiogram — some offer a one-dimensional (flat) view of the heart and others provide a 2D or 3D image. The Doppler echocardiogram allows our cardiologists to measure the flow of blood through the heart and the blood vessels.

Multiple Gated Acquisition Scan (MUGA)

The multiple gated acquisition scan, or MUGA, is a scan designed to determine how well the heart is functioning by producing a moving image of its pumping action. The test is completely non-invasive and is performed by injecting red blood cells with a safe radioactive substance used as a tracer into the patient’s bloodstream. Scientists can then produce an image of the patient’s beating heart with a special camera. The test is very useful in assessing the heart’s functioning in patients with heart failure before placement of a defibrillator and also in patients undergoing chemotherapy for cancer treatment.


Bio-Z is a breakthrough medical test that allows cardiologists to assess the strength of the heart’s pumping action and the amount of fluid in the chest in a completely non-invasive way. Sensors are placed on the patient’s neck and chest, and the patient must lie still for several minutes while the sensors collect data. The test allows doctors to easily diagnose certain heart conditions and monitor the progress of patients with a cardiovascular disorder.

Microvolt T-Wave Alternans (MTWA)

MTWA is a test administered to patients at risk of a heart attack (or who have already had a heart attack) to monitor whether they are at risk of developing a cardiac arrhythmia or other life-threatening problem. After being outfitted with several electrodes on the torso, the patient will be required to walk on a treadmill for a brief period of time to elevate the heart rate. Patients may be required to refrain from taking certain medications the morning of the test, so it’s important to ask a cardiologist beforehand.

For additional information on echocardiogram testing, please contact our office or call us toll-free at (855) 543-2783 (855-5-HEARTDOCS).

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