A Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE) is an alternative way to perform an echocardiogram, in which a specialized probe is inserted into the patient’s esophagus (throat, similar to an endoscopy) and creates a visual image of the heart. This procedure is also used to determine shape and size of the heart, as well as functionality. However, unlike regular echocardiograms, TEEs are able to view certain structures more clearly, including the aorta, pulmonary artery, heart valves and coronary arteries. TEEs are also highly sensitive to detecting blood clots in the left atrium as well as infections of the heart valves.
In order to discover more about Echocardiography and its implications please view this PDF by the American Heart Association.
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