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Getting Started

Manual of Operations Echocardiography Field Center

Hispanic Community Health Study Study of Latinos


Examination Protocol : Getting Started

The study sonographer will introduce themselves to the study participant and explain the nature of the examination. This should include: 

Length of examination: 30 minutes

  • The participant will need to remove their shirt.
  • There may be some mild discomfort from the ultrasound gel and firm pressure from the ultrasound probe.
  • ECG leads will be applied and ECG gain settings will be optimized to ensure a high quality tracing.

The sonographer will enter the participants HCHS-SOL ID into the echo machine.  This will be provided by the field center coordinator. DO NOT ENTER THE PARTICPANT'S NAME OR ANY OTHER IDENTIFYING INFORMATION.

The participant will be instructed to lie down in the left lateral decubitus position for the examination.

The loop acquisition length will be set as follows:

Set by BEATS if:

Normal sinus rhythm – 3 beats

Normal sinus rhythm – 3 beats

  • Accelerated sinus rhythm/ sinus tachycardia (> 90 bpm) – 5 beats

Set by TIME if:

  • Atrial fibrillation – 5 seconds
  • Frequent premature beats – 3 seconds