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Dr. Mark Gujer
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Transesophageal Echocardiogram (Overview)

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/tee/.


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How does a transesophageal echocardiogram procedure work?

How does a transesophageal echocardiogram procedure work?

TEE: A transesophageal echocardiogram (tee) uses ultrasound on a probe that can be easily slid down the throat and esophagus to lay immediately behind the heart. Because it is so close to the heart, very high resolution ultrasound images of the heart can be obtained. When a transthoracic echo (tte, or outside echo) doesn't show the heart structures, tee is very useful. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Gujer
29 doctors shared insights

Transesophageal Echocardiogram (Overview)

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/tee/.


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What is the procedure of a transesophageal echocardiogram?

What is the procedure of a transesophageal echocardiogram?

TEE: Transesophageal echocardiogram is an ultrasound examination of the heart. The esophagus lives right behind the heart, so if an ultrasound transducer is placed inside the esophagus, a technologist or cardiologist can get a very nice window to look at the heart. ...Read more

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What is the significance of a transesophageal echocardiogram?

What is the significance of a transesophageal echocardiogram?

Better picture: Tee is a more comprehensive look at the heart compared to the trans thoracic view. It is done inside the esophagus and allows better images to be obtained of various areas within the heart. It requires sedation however since most people don't like big probes in their esophagus. It is a very safe procedure. ...Read more

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How do doctors perform transesophageal echocardiogram?

How do doctors perform transesophageal echocardiogram?

Swallow tube: The transducer, which is like a camera, is passed through your mouth down into the esphagus and positioned at the back of the heart. Because the back of the heart rests agains the esophagus, there is less in the way so that the images are much clearer than if they are taken through the chest wall. The patinet is sedated just as if we were looking into the stomach or esophagus. ...Read more

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What to do if I had a transesophageal echocardiogram december2011, I have severely enlarged lft & rt atrium how dangerous?

TEE: You should discuss the results of the TEE and their implications for you with your Dr. and the Dr. who performed the TEE if not the same. They should be able to explain to you what is wrong with your heart and the implications and recommended steps to be taken from the information. There are multiple possibilities for enlarged atria. ...Read more

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Docs, could a transesophageal echocardiogram detect pulmonary hypertension?

Docs, could a transesophageal echocardiogram detect pulmonary hypertension?

Sure: any echo can look for indirect evidence of Pulm HTN such as right heart failure or high velocity tricuspid regurgitation. direct pressure measurements are not possible non-invasively and require a right heart cath. ...Read more

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What's the process transesophageal echocardiography?

What's the process transesophageal echocardiography?

TEE: Tee is done under sedative meds which let you not remember the procedure. The back of the throat is numbed and a tube is placed through your mouth and down the esophagus which runs behind the heart. Ultrasound pictures are taken to view the heart in detail. Usually done for looking at the valves, ruling out blood clot in the heart, or looking at "holes in the heart". Lasts about 30 min. ...Read more

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Which is the process transesophageal echocardiography?

Procedure : A tee is a procedure done under sedation where an ultrasound probe is inserted through the mouth into the esophagus and images are obtained of the heart. ...Read more

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How do I know if I need a transesophageal echocardiography?

How do I know if I need a transesophageal echocardiography?

TEE: Transesophageal echocardiogram is modality where ultrasound equipped probe is introduced in the esophagus to get a better view of the valvular anatomy of the heart, looking for specifically vegetations/emboli. ...Read more

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What is difference between surface and transesophageal echocardiography?

Location: Surface echocardiogram-the ultrasound transducer is on the chest wall. In transesophageal echocardiogram, the transducer is placed down into the esophagus, much like an endoscopy. The imaging is clearer with transesophageal echo which helps when looking for prosthetic valves, clots or infected valves. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: transesophageal echocardiography?

What is the definition or description of: transesophageal echocardiography?

TEE: In a tee the transducer is passed into the throat down into the esophagus. A tee uses sound waves to produce images of your heart. It is used in management of patients in whom transthoracic images are inadequate. It creates ultrasound images of heart structures including the heart muscle itself as well as valves. Doppler waves evaluate blood flow throughout the heart. ...Read more

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Should transesophageal echocardiography be performed in all patients before cardioversion?

Should transesophageal echocardiography be performed in all patients before cardioversion?

It depends.: If the patient has been on a blood thinner for at least 4 weeks then most of the time, it is not necessary. However if the patient is not on a blood thinner, then tee is recommended to detect clot(s) in the heart. ...Read more

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Does insurance cover echocardiograms?

Does insurance cover echocardiograms?

Maybe: You need to contact your insurance company and see if your benefits cover the exam. Most will, but how much they will pay for and what you will need to pay varies. ...Read more

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What does an echocardiogram do?

Images the heart: An echocardiogram uses ultrasound waves to deliver a set of moving images of the heart. It gives us a lot of information about the function (and the strength) of the heart, its valves and the blood flow through the chambers. ...Read more

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What does a echocardiogram show?

What does a echocardiogram show?

Several things: The heart muscle, the valves, arteries such as the aorta, the four chambers of the heart, fluid around the heart if present, how hard the heart is contracting, whether it is too weak or too thick. ...Read more

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How does an echocardiogram function?

Doppler effect: The echocardiogram utilizes ultrasound and a principle called the doppler effect. Doppler effect means sound waves are reflected at different velocities and this information is electronically transformed to allow visualization of structural details and provide information about blood flow velocities. ...Read more

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What does an echocardiogram look for?

What does an echocardiogram  look for?

Echo: Echo shows cardiac structure and function. It gives a lot of information about the heart. It is a basic test used in cardiologic evaluation and is indicated in many conditions including ischemia. ...Read more

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When does someone need an echocardiogram?

Ask your Doctor: Echocardiogram is an ultrasound exam of your heart. it looks at the heart valves, heart muscles, blood vessels, and how they function. The exam is used when the doctor things there may be a problem with your heart muscle, valves, or blood vessels. There are too many indications to list, but your doctor or a cardiologist can determine if you should get one. ...Read more

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