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An echocardiogram is a painless, noninvasive test that uses sound waves to check the heart's structure, movements and blood flow. It is an important tool for checking heart valves and tracking heart conditions.
Three-dimensional (3D) echocardiography is an advanced technique that allows doctors to see the heart in three dimensions — just as a surgeon would see it. The University of Chicago Medicine is a national leader in 3D echocardiography and our physicians pioneered many of the 3D techniques used worldwide.
The echocardiography lab at UChicago Medicine performs more than 12,000 echo procedures annually. Our lab was the first in the Chicago area — and one of the first in North America — to gain accreditation from the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation for Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL).
After getting short-of-breath, Michael finally went to UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial and soon cardiologist Abed Dehnee, MD, diagnosed him with congestive heart failure and identified a blood clot in his lung.