3D Echocardiography

3-D Echocardiography

The board-certified and fellowship-trained specialists at Norton Children’s Heart Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, may use 3D echocardiography to examine your child’s heart. The echocardiogram (echo) test is similar to an ultrasound many women have while pregnant. It is safe, painless and doesn’t use radiation.

Your pediatric cardiologist can use the 3D images from the echocardiogram to get a more detailed view of the heart. That provides a better understanding of any issues with the heart structure and heartbeat, such as a hole between the chambers, fluid around the heart, valve shape, backward flow and more.

The 3D echocardiogram shows how much blood your child’s heart chambers can handle and a clearer picture of any congenital heart disease affecting the valves and other parts of the heart.

A 3D echocardiogram is particularly useful for assessing the size and function of the heart’s left ventricle. The test provides a more precise measure of how much blood in the left ventricle is pumped out with each beat.

A child older than age 4 probably won’t need to be sedated (asleep) for the test. If sedation is needed, the Norton Children’s pediatric anesthesia team will help with that. These professionals are specially trained in safely sedating children.

Why Choose Norton Children’s Heart Institute

No other congenital heart surgery program in Kentucky, Ohio or Southern Indiana is rated higher by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons than the Norton Children’s Heart Institute Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery Program.

  • Norton Children’s Hospital has been a pioneer in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery, performing Kentucky’s first pediatric heart transplant in 1986 and becoming the second site in the United States to perform an infant heart transplant.
  • Our board-certified and fellowship-trained pediatric cardiovascular surgeons are leaders in the field as clinicians and researchers.
  • More than 5,000 children a year visit Norton Children’s Heart Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, for advanced heart care.
  • Norton Children’s Heart Institute successfully performs more than 17,500 procedures a year.
  • The Society of Thoracic Surgeons rated Norton Children’s Heart Institute among the best in the region after studying years of our patients’ outcomes and our ability to treat a range of pediatric heart conditions, including the most severe.
  • Norton Children’s Heart Institute has satellite outpatient offices in Ashland, Bowling Green, Campbellsville, Elizabethtown, Frankfort, London, Madisonville, Murray, Owensboro, Paducah and Shepherdsville in Kentucky; as well as Corydon, Jasper, Madison and Scottsburg in Indiana; 28 tele-echocardiography locations in Kentucky and Southern Indiana; and six fetal echocardiography locations across Kentucky.
  • The American Board of Thoracic Surgery has awarded the cardiothoracic surgeons at Norton Children’s Hospital with subspecialty certification in congenital heart surgery.
  • The Jennifer Lawrence Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) is the largest dedicated CICU in Kentucky, equipped with 17 private rooms and the newest technology available for heart care.
  • Our multidisciplinary approach to pediatric heart surgery brings together our specialists in cardiothoracic surgery, cardiology, anesthesiology, cardiac critical care and other areas to create a complete care plan tailored for your child.
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