A transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) is a special type of echocardiogram. It is usually done when our doctors 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.
Our doctors put a tube down your esophagus with an ultrasound device that takes a series of moving pictures of your heart. It can show if it makes clots when it pumps blood.
Your esophagus is the tube where food travels from your throat down to your stomach. It’s very close to your heart. So, it’s a good spot to get accurate images of its chambers and valves as blood flows in and out.Request an Appointment