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Transeophageal Echocardiography

Like standard echocardiography, transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) uses sound waves to produce an image of the heart and to see how it is functioning. But unlike standard echocardiography, the sound waves travel through a tube-like device put in the mouth and passed down the throat into the esophagus. (The esophagus is the tube that connects the throat to the stomach).

This test can show doctors the detailed size, shape, and movement of your heart muscle, and the condition of your aorta, which is the main blood vessel supplying blood to your body. It can also show how the heart valves are working and how blood is flowing through your heart. TEE also gives doctors information about your arteries. Doctors use this test when they cannot get a clear picture of your heart using standard echocardiography.