The two modern imaging methods (echocardiography and magnetic ¬resonance¬ imaging) enable a non-invasive, gentle examination of the heart. Diseases of the heart muscle, heart valves, congenital heart defects, and other conditions can be detected precisely. Echocardiography works with ultrasound waves, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses magnetic fields to create layered heart images.
An ultrasound examination poses no risks for the patient.
In sporadic cases, transesophageal echocardiography through the probe may result in an injury to the esophagus.
The ultrasound contrast medium does not cause any allergic reactions.