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What is the purpose of a transesophageal echocardiogram?

What is the purpose of a transesophageal echocardiogram?

A transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) uses echocardiography to assess the structure and function of the heart. During the procedure, a transducer (like a microphone) sends out ultrasonic sound waves.

What does a transesophageal echocardiogram show?

The test is used to: Check how well your heart’s valves and chambers are working. Look for problems, such as valve disease, myocardial disease, pericardial disease, infective endocarditis, cardiac masses and congenital heart disease. See how well your heart valves are working after surgery.

What can a transesophageal detect?

Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is an ultrasound technology that provides highly detailed images of the heart and its internal structures. Our heart experts use TEE to detect blood clots, evaluate heart valves, and guide treatment for arrhythmias (abnormal heartbeats) and many other heart conditions.

Who performs a transesophageal echocardiogram?

Transesophageal echo (TEE) is used when your doctor needs a more detailed view of your heart. For example, TEE may be used to look for blood clots in your heart. A doctor, not a sonographer, performs this type of echo.

When would you use a transesophageal echocardiogram?

A transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) is a special type of echocardiogram. It is usually done when your doctor wants to look more closely at your heart to see if it could be producing blood clots. Like an echocardiogram, the TEE uses high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to examine the structures of the heart.

Are you put to sleep for a TEE?

They’ll place an intravenous (IV) catheter into one of your veins, usually in your hand or arm. The IV will be used to give you anesthesia (medication to make you sleep) during your procedure. You may also get fluids through the IV before your procedure.

When do you need a transesophageal echocardiogram?

What are the risks of a transesophageal echocardiogram?

Possible risks of transesophageal echocardiograms include bleeding, breathing issues, or heart rhythm problems. You could also have injuries to your mouth, teeth, throat, or esophagus.

What is the prep for a TEE?

How to prepare. You will be asked not eat or drink for 4 to 6 hours before your exam and to take any prescribed medications with only a sip of water. You should also arrange to have someone drive you home after the exam in case you are feeling drowsy.

Are you intubated for a TEE?

The patient needs to have tracheal intubation and have cardiac monitoring prior to TEE probe placement.

What sedation is used for transesophageal echocardiogram?

Midazolam is often used for conscious sedation before transesophageal echo (TEE) studies.