Echocardiograph MachineA Transthoracic Echocardiogram is essentially an ultrasound examination of the heart where a technician spreads gel on the chest and then presses a transducer firmly against the skin, aiming the ultrasound beam through the chest to the heart. The transducer records the sound waves and a computer converts the echoes into moving images on a monitor. Echo has become one of the most commonly used tools in diagnosis of heart problems, as it allows for non-invasive assessment of heart structure and function. $200,000
a Recumbent Bicycle Exercise Stress Echo compares the performance of your heart at rest to the performance of your heart during peak exercise. Imaging can be performed continuously during supine bicycle exercise, which gives the doctors a much better opportunity to assess the functioning of your heart. This is an advantage over conventional stress testing where mainly ECG monitoring is performed. With a stress echo the heart can be seen in live action before, during and after exercise.