One of the most widely used diagnostic tests in cardiology is echocardiography. It is used for the management and follow-up of patients with any suspected or known heart diseases.

In February, Woodstock Hospital was able to purchase a new Echocardiography unit for $200,000 for our Diagnostic Imaging department through numerous community donations.

An Echocardiography unit uses sound waves to create pictures of the heart, which is a very safe and non-invasive procedure with no known risks or side effects. The exam is different than a standard x-ray exam since the images are moving and do not expose you to radiation. This procedure is called an Echocardiogram, which is often referred to as an ‘echo.’

An echocardiogram can give the size and shape of the heart, pumping capacity, estimates the function of the valves and walls of the heart and the location and extent of any tissue damage. The images created by the test can be analyzed for abnormalities.

In a span of five years, the number of echocardiography exams at Woodstock Hospital has increased from 1,085 per year to about 1,400. As heart conditions become more prevalent in younger generations, this number will continue to grow.

The Woodstock Hospital Foundation thanks all of our supporters for helping to improve Echocardiography exams at Woodstock Hospital.