Is TEE and echo the same?

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Is TEE and echo the same?

An echocardiogram (echo) uses ultrasound to create pictures of your heart’s movement. A transesophageal echo (TEE) test is a type of echo that uses a long, thin, tube (endoscope) to guide the ultrasound transducer down the esophagus (“food pipe” that goes from the mouth to the stomach).

Which is better TTE or TEE?

In most patients, TEE provides superior image quality, particularly for posterior cardiac structures which are nearer to the esophagus and less well visualized on transthoracic echocardiography as they are more distant from the anterior TTE transducer.

Is a TEE a stress echo?

This test is called a pharmacologic stress echocardiogram. Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE): Sometimes the best approach is to guide a special ultrasound probe into your mouth and down your esophagus after sedation.

What does a TEE heart test show?

A transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) is a special type of echocardiogram. It is usually done when your doctor wants to look more closely at your heart to see if it could be producing blood clots. Like an echocardiogram, the TEE uses high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to examine the structures of the heart.

Are you put to sleep for a TEE?

You will receive a sedative before the procedure to help you relax. If indicated, oxygen will be given through nasal tubes. The room will be darkened so that the images on the echocardiogram monitor can be seen by the doctor. The TEE probe will be passed through your mouth and down your throat.

Can you eat before a TTE?

Preparing for Your Test Transportation: No special preparations are required for this test. You will be able to drive home after this test. Food and Drink: You may eat before this test, however, avoid eating a large meal as it may make you feel uncomfortable or full during the testing.

What are the risks of a transesophageal echocardiogram?

Possible risks of TEE include:

  • Breathing problems.
  • Heart rhythm problems.
  • Bleeding.
  • Injury to the teeth, mouth, throat or esophagus.

Are you intubated for a TEE?

The patient needs to have tracheal intubation and have cardiac monitoring prior to TEE probe placement.

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