Transesophageal echo (TEE) uses high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to generate high-quality dynamic images of the heart and its blood vessels. Transesophageal echo (TEE) employs an ultrasound transducer to produce sound waves and is positioned on an endoscope that is guided down the throat into your esophagus.
As the esophagus lies immediately behind the heart, clear images of the heart and its valves can be obtained without the interference of the ribs or lungs. The ultrasound waves are reflected from the structures of the heart and picked up by the transducer; a computer attached to the echo machine converts them into images which are projected onto a monitor.
Transesophageal echo (TEE) is done in 2 methods.
Transesophageal echo can be divided into:
- Two-dimensional (2D) Transesophageal echo: This is the standard commonly used test that generates 2D images of the heart and its related structures.
- Three-dimensional (3D) Transesophageal echo: This type produces 3D images that provide additional details about the structure and function of the heart and its blood vessels. It assists in the diagnosis of heart problems such as congenital heart disease, heart valve disease, and also in heart surgery.
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