Echocardiography Imaging Enhancement Agent
An imaging enhancement agent is used to enhance the pictures taken of your heart during your
test. This helps the doctor to see how well your heart is working.
Please tell a member of your health care team if you want to know more about the imaging
enhancement agent or if you have questions. Be sure to do this before you are given the agent.
Before Using This Agent
Tell your nurse if you have:
ξ Heart failure that is getting worse.
ξ Heart rhythm problems in the past.
ξ Trouble breathing or lung disease such as COPD.
ξ Are pregnant, thinking of becoming pregnant, or are nursing.
ξ A hypersensitivity to perflutren.
Proper Use of This Agent
The imaging enhancement agent is given once through your IV during the course of your test. It
is short-acting. It should fully leave your system within 10-15 minutes after it is given to you.
Please let the health care team know if you begin to have any of these rare side effects.
ξ Shortness of breath
ξ Chest pain
ξ Feeling dizzy
ξ Hives or rash
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 2/2017 University of Wisconsin Hospitals
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