Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)

A transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) is more invasive than the other types of echocardiography. This exam, which involved sedation, uses a specialized probe that is passed through the patient's mouth and into the esophagus by the cardiologist. From this perspective, the cardiologist can visualize structures of the heart that cannot be seen by conventional 2D Echocardiography due to various patient conditions. The esophagus lies directly behind the heart, so TEE images provide higher-resolution images of certain parts of the heart.



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