NON-INVASIVE and INVASIVE
TRANSESOPHAGEAL ECHO (TEE)
Transthoracic Echocardiography, or echo, is an office-based examination that uses reflected sound waves to create images of a patient’s heart and blood vessels. Transesophageal echocardiography, or TEE, is a test that uses reflected sound waves to evaluate the heart, in a similar way to the transthoracic echocardiogram. The difference is that it is done using an endoscopic transducer that the patient swallows under sedation. TEE can provide more detailed images of the heart chambers, the heart valves, and the great vessels arising from the heart.
What to Expect
The echo test is performed using an ultrasound probe placed against the chest wall and usually takes about 20 minutes to complete. The TEE test is done with sedation and the patient will need a ride home.