This Test uses sound waves to create images of the heart. The images determine the size of the heart, strength of the heart muscles, presence of certain heart diseases, and heart valve dysfunctions. The images of the heart are shown on the large screen monitor that allows the doctor and the patient to view during examination.
Trans- Thoracic Echocardiogram (TTE) Procedure
A standard echocardiogram is also known as a transthoracic echocardiogram, or cardiac ultrasound. The transducer is placed on the chest wall (or thorax) of the subject, and images are taken through the chest wall. This is a non-invasive, highly accurate and quick assessment of the overall health of the heart.
Trans- Esophageal Echocardiogram (TEE) Procedure
This is an alternative way to perform an echocardiogram. A specialized probe containing an ultrasound transducer at its tip is passed into the patient’s esophagus. This allows image and Doppler evaluation from a location directly behind the heart. Transesophageal echocardiograms are most often utilized when transthoracic images are suboptimal and when a more clear and precise image is needed for assessment. Conscious sedation and/or localized numbing medication, may or may not be used in order to make the patient more comfortable during the procedure.