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Trans-Oesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)

  • What is a Trans-Oesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)?

    Echocardiography is a technique that visualises the heart and its blood vessels using ultrasound waves. A trans-oesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) is an invasive procedure that involves the insertion of a long, thin and flexible probe into the mouth and down the oesophagus (food tube). The resulting echocardiographic images allow your doctor to take a closer and clearer look at the valves of the heart and its chambers without interference from the chest wall.

  • Your doctor can usually request a TEE to evaluate a stroke or transient ischaemic attacks ( TIA or mini-strokes) as a result of blood clots. It is also useful to assess heart conditions including congenital heart diseases, as well as the success of previous heart procedures including valve replacements and bypass surgeries.

    TEE can find blood clots, tumours and abnormal masses within the heart, which may not be seen properly using standard echocardiographic images. It can also find particular valve problems including infected heart valves.

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