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Pediatric Echocardiography uses echocardiograms — a non-invasive test that uses sound waves to create a moving picture of the heart — to evaluate and diagnose many different pediatric heart conditions.

Appointment Locations

Echocardiography appointments are held in three locations:

Pediatric Echocardiography

Pediatric Heart Center
1825 Fourth St., Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158

Fetal Echocardiography

Prenatal Diagnostic Center
1825 Fourth St., Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158

Fetal Cardiovascular Program
1855 Fourth St., Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158

Echocardiography is also called echo, cardiac ultrasound or ultrasonography, cardiac Doppler or transthoracic echocardiography (TTE). During the test, a small probe is placed on your child's chest that generates sound waves too high to hear. These sound waves bounce off the heart (echo) and return to the probe where they are sent to a computer. The computer then generates images of the heart and blood flow. The doctor interprets these images to assess the structure and the function of the heart.

This test can also be used to diagnose heart conditions before birth. This is called a fetal echocardiogram. We offer fetal echocardiograms from week 12 of pregnancy to full-term. The test is often used in pregnancy if there is:

  • An abnormal ultrasound suggesting heart disease or abnormal heart rhythm
  • A defect outside the heart
  • Abnormal first trimester screening
  • Maternal disease, such as diabetes, phenylketonuria (PKU), and collagen vascular and autoimmune disease
  • Maternal exposure to a drug or other agent known to cause birth defects
  • A family history of congenital heart disease or a genetic defect
  • Significant non-cardiac abnormalities

You'll need a referral from your child's pediatrician or specialist to make an appointment. Once you have the referral, please call the number below.

Getting Here

Pediatric Echocardiography
Ron Conway Family Gateway Medical Building
1825 Fourth St.
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 476-3774
Fax: (415) 353-8675

Hours: Monday to Friday
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

What to Bring

  • Health insurance information including authorizations or referrals
  • List of your child's prescription medications and dosages
  • List of medications your child is allergic to
  • List of questions you may have
  • Recent test results related to your child's condition
  • Paper and pencil to take notes


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UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay is accessible via the following Muni bus routes:

  • 22
  • 55
  • T-Third Street line

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Our Team

Michael Brook
Michael Brook, MD
Pediatric cardiologist
Mark W. Cocalis
Mark W. Cocalis, MD
Pediatric cardiologist
Nicole Cresalia
Nicole Cresalia, MD
Pediatric cardiologist
Anita Moon-Grady
Anita Moon-Grady, MD, FACC
Pediatric cardiologist
Hythem Nawaytou
Hythem Nawaytou, MBChB
Pediatric cardiologist
Shabnam Peyvandi
Shabnam Peyvandi, MD, MAS
Pediatric cardiologist
Emilio Quezada
Emilio Quezada, MD
Pediatric cardiologist

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