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Transesophageal Echocardiography

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by Kohnle D
 

Definition

Echocardiography uses sound waves to make images of the heart. In transesophageal echocardiography, the ultrasound probe is passed down the throat and in to the esophagus. The esophagus is the tube that goes from the throat to the stomach. The esophagus sits very close to the heart. This method allows for clearer images of the heart than other methods.
 

RESOURCES

American Heart Association
http://www.heart.org

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
http://www.cdc.gov

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Health Canada
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca

Public Health Agency of Canada
http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca

 

References


Hilberath JN, Oakes DA, et al. Safety of transesophageal echocardiography. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2010;23(11):1115-1127.


Niedermeyer J, Daniel WG. Value of transesophageal echocardiography in diagnosis of diseases of native heart valves. Herz. 1993;18(6):329-340.


Pascoe RD, Oh JK, et al. Diagnosis of sinus venosus atrial septal defect With transesophageal echocardiography. Circulation. 1996;94:1049-1055.


Transesophageal echocardiography. American Heart Association website. Available at: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartAttack/SymptomsDiagnosisofHeartAttack/Transesophageal-Echocardiography-TEE%5FUCM%5F441655%5FArticle.jsp. Updated June 20, 2012. Accessed May 20, 2013.


Ultrasound (sonography). Radiologic Society of North America Radiology Info website Radiology Info website. Available at: http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=genus. Updated April 19, 2013. Accessed May 20, 2013.

 

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