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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
25 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?

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

Dr. Rick Koch
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Echocardiogram (Definition)

Echo refers to reflections of sound waves, typically 0.5-10mhz, sent through a body structure, all variants of water density. Cardio refers to heart. Gram refers to a picture or graphical representation of the data. A form of us, these help see certain aspects of our hearts behavior/function, real-time in motion picture video. Quality & usefulness varies widely as ...Read more


Dr. Rick Koch
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Cardiac Echo (Definition)

Cardiac echo is a somewhat redundant term for "echocardiogram." during this painless procedure, harmless sound waves are passed into the chest and reflected back, providing a detailed image of the heart, measures of the flow of blood within it, and information about certain structures which surround ...Read more