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Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE)

With standard Transthoracic Echo, it can be hard to see the aorta and other parts of your heart. With an ultrasound transducer attached to the end of a flexible tube, it is guided down your throat and into your esophagus. Images of the heart are obtained with the transducer in your esophagus looking forward into your heart. This closer view allows more detailed information to be obtained about your heart and valves, including detection of blood clots that may have formed in the left atrium of the heart and infections or structural abnormalities of the heart valves.


In iHeal Medical Centre, our Cardiac Anaesthetist uses TEE to assess the heart valve function or to detect if there is any leakage through the heart valves when the heart pumps following the procedure of valve repair or replacement in surgery. It also allows the detection of any blood clots in the heart chambers during the surgery.