transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE)

Overview: A transesophageal echocardiogram is a test that creates images of the heart. It is similar to a standard echocardiogram, but TEEs are done through the esophagus. 

A transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) provides high-resolution images of the heart in real time. It uses the same technology as a standard echocardiogram, but the measurements are taken through the esophagus rather than across the chest and ribs. 


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HCMA 6/2021

Cardiologist holding transesophageal ultrasound probe and use echocardiogram to assessment patient’s heart in cardiac operating room