A Beating Heart

"Your heart is the softest place on earth. Take care of it."  - Nayyirah Waheed


An echocardiogram is technology that uses sound waves to make images of your heart. It allows technicians and cardiologists to see the heart’s structures, and how the heart beats and pumps blood. The images that are captured during the procedure are then evaluated by a cardiologist who reads them to assess your heart’s function.




  Echo = sound
  Cardio = heart
  Gram = drawing




At WDMH, we are proud to offer cardiac services for our patients, saving many people a trip to the city for the same services.

Our technicians perform echocardiograms on patients of most ages – from 17 years of age and up. In fact, from April 2016 to March 2017, 1,049 echocardiograms were performed at WDMH.


Our current machine is at the end of its life. We have made excellent use of it and it has served many patients over the years.

Current Equipment Challenges

  • It does not provide clear images in comparison to the new technology that is now available. 
  • Because of the less than desirable image quality, there is a chance that the cardiologist may not be able to see everything clearly. 
  • Sometimes, the images captured are not good enough and patients have to be sent elsewhere to have the images captured again. That means getting the same procedure done twice. 
  • The current machine is not adjustable, meaning that the technician always has to bend or adjust their body to accommodate the machine.  
  • In some cases, the technician has to press the probe down very hard while overreaching, which can cause injury to the technician.
  • The system that is used to read the images is also dated and needs to be replaced. Once it breaks, we will no longer be able to read our own images. That is not efficient patient care. 
  • There is no way that we can even consider expanding our patient services with the machine that we have. 
  • One technologist at WDMH says that our current machine is like comparing a model T car to a 2017 luxury sedan. 

WDMH is in need of a new machine. It's our highest priority need this year and will cost approximately $175,000.


 What would a new echocardiogram mean for you and our patients?


  • The chance of having to go elsewhere to have the procedure redone would be greatly reduced. This means no city driving, no paying higher parking prices, less gas used and more time to do the things you enjoy.
  • We would be able to bring more care close to home by expanding our services. 
  • These expanded services would include “stress echo” procedures and “contrast procedures”. 
    • A stress echo is the combination of an exercise stress test with an echocardiogram. It is used to determine if a patient has any blockages in the arteries that supply blood to the heart. 
    • Contrast is used to help improve the quality of images during an echo. It can be used for a variety of purposes including determining the presence of clots, assessing for abnormal wall movement (looking for blockages) or for congenital abnormalities.  

What would a new echocardiogram mean for technicians and physicians?

  • We would be able to provide improved care you for you! Clearer images means that we will be able to see even more of what is happening with your heart.
  • The new machine would be more user friendly so technicians would not have to bend and move around to accommodate the machine – it will move to accommodate the technician, thus decreasing risk of injury. 


It’s only because of the generosity of individuals, businesses and our local communities that we can bring this new technology to WDMH for our patients. Our provincial government does not fund the purchase of medical equipment for Ontario hospitals.


Why Give?


When it comes to the health of your heart, does it not make perfect sense to have the newest and best medical equipment available?

To make a gift to our General Equipment Fund in support of equipment like a new echocardiogram machine, please donate online or download a donation form. Be sure to direct your gift to our General Equipment Fund.

Thank you for your generosity and support!