A transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) is a diagnostic procedure that uses echocardiography to assess the heart’s function. During the procedure, a transducer sends out ultrasonic sound waves at a frequency too high to be heard. When the transducer is placed at certain locations and angles, the ultrasonic sound waves move through the skin and other body tissues to the heart tissues, where the waves bounce or “echo” off of the heart structures.
In transesophageal echocardiography, the ultrasound probe is passed down the throat and in to the esophagus. The esophagus is the tube that goes from the throat to the stomach. The esophagus sits very close to the heart. This method allows for clearer images of the heart.
The transducer picks up the reflected waves and sends them to a computer. The computer displays the echoes as images of the heart walls and valves. Transesophageal echo test is performed in the presence of ultrasound technician, nurse and a cardiology doctor.
Advanced Cardiovascular Care Center with a team of board certified cardiologists provides Transesophageal Echo in Houston.