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Old 06-24-2005, 08:42 PM   #1
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Question about Echo

I had my echo this morning. Is it normal for them to be measuring things during the procedure? I know the tech was taking measurements of (What I thought) arteries and stuff but now that I have been thinking I am worried that she maybe saw an annerysm and was measuring that. I know the tech isnt allowed to tell me anything but if she saw something really wrong would she say something then or not? Thanks

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Valve openings, chamber sizes, etc. are measured. For instance heart chambers are measured by a transducer (manually controlled) by outlining the chamber size during peak of relaxation and again before contraction. Then the echo software calculates chamber size. I watched and questioned the tech during the test, and it is obvious chamber size is not precise because the edges of the chambers shown on the screen to be outlined are somewhat "fuzzy". There would be a margin of error of a few points up or down.

When questioned I have found the techs to be helpful in explaining the procedure and what they are seeing. If not asked I believe the tech will not volunteer comment on any findings or opinions. They certainly will not give any advise on or recommend any treatment or make a dx. Because the tech did not mention any results does not mean something bad or something good is going on.

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Techs cannot say anything to a patient about what they see or did not see. They could lose their jobs.

I had a med called Difinity when I had my last Echo so they could see better as there is artifact sometimes that blocks the view on some patients.

My Echo's are always scheduled on the days the M.D. Echocardiogram Specialist is in the building. He views them right away while I am waiting. Sometimes, he will ask the Tech to repeat an area.. Usually I will know the EF fraction before going home but the rest of the results is a day or two later.

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Sorry, my experience does not vindicate the assertion that a echo tech would be fired if they give information to patient. It wouldn't be prudent for anyone on the medical staff to give medical info to a patient that is a basket case, as an example! One should use good judgement on what is said to any patient and what are the circumstances.

I have found techs to be very helpful on 3 prior tests. One fitting example I was shown the doppler image of blood flow during an echo, and it involved MT regurgitation. I asked if it was serious and the tech said it was the doctor who would decide if it was bad and what were the treatment options available.

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