A doctor performs an echocardiogram on a pediatric patient

We designed our echocardiogram laboratory with families in mind. An echocardiogram, also known as a cardiac ultrasound, is a test that evaluates the structure and function of the heart. We realize medical tests, even routine ones, might make your child anxious. Each of our state-of-the-art imaging suites is equipped with a television and DVD player to make children more comfortable during their evaluation.

We also offer noninvasive assessments of cardiac anatomy and physiology. We perform more than 3,500 echocardiograms per year, including transthoracic, transesophageal, 3-dimensional and intracardiac approaches. Our studies play a vital role in planning for surgery and assessment before and during surgeries, as well as in the Interventional Cardiac Catheterization Program.

The Yale Fetal Cardiovascular Center was one of the first centers of its kind. Each year, we perform more than 1,000 fetal echocardiograms in women whose pregnancy may be affected by congenital heart disease or arrhythmia. The center provides a multidisciplinary approach to comprehensive care with physicians from maternal-fetal medicine, pediatric cardiology and perinatal medicine as well as genetic counselors.