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Trans-Oesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)

  • What is a Trans-Oesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)?

    Echocardiography is a technique that visualises the heart and its blood vessels using ultrasound waves. A trans-oesophageal echocardiogram is an invasive procedure that consists of the insertion of a long, thin and flexible probe into the mouth and down the oesophagus (food tube). The resulting echocardiographic images allow the doctor to take a closer and clearer look at the valves of the heart and its chambers without interference from the chest wall.

  • Your doctor can usually request a trans-oesophageal echocardiogram to evaluate a stroke or transient ischemic attacks (mini strokes) as a result of blood clots. It is also useful to assess the success of previous heart procedures including valve replacements and bypass surgeries, as well as other heart conditions including congenital heart diseases.

    Trans-oesophageal echocardiogram detects blood clots, tumours and abnormal masses within the heart, which may not be seen properly using standard echocardiographic images. It can also detect particular valve problems including infected heart valves.

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