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Heart

Diagnostic Testing

How Do We Evaluate the Heart?

Your child's cardiologist may order a variety of tests to help make an accurate diagnosis. These tests will provide important information about your child's heart formation, blood flow, pumping ability and rhythm. Our dedicated staff works closely with patients to alleviate fears by providing thorough explanations and supporting patients through their entire procedure.

The chart below lists common tests and the areas that they measure.


 Test

Structure

Blood Flow 

Function

Rhythm

Chest X-rays

 X

 

   
Electrocardiogram

 X

   

 X

2-D and Doppler Echocardiogram

 X

 X

 X

 
Oximetry (Oxygen Saturation)

 X

 X

 X

 
Ambulatory Holter Monitoring

 

 

 

 X

Transient Arrhythmia Monitoring

 

 

 

 X

Exercise Test  

 X

   
Cardiac Catheterization

 X

 X

 

 
MRI

 X

 X

 X