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Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)

Like a routine echocardiogram, TEE uses ultrasound to create images. TEE images, however, are clearer because they are taken with a scope from inside your body. Transesophageal echocardiography at Garden City Hospital provides exact images necessary for a highly accurate diagnosis of cardiac problems.

For this test, the doctor places a probe in the esophagus that bounces sound waves into the chest. The way the sounds rebound provides a real-time picture of the heart's structure — the chambers, valves and large vessels. It also shows the size of the heart chambers and how they are working. Your doctor may order a TEE if the routine echocardiogram cannot answer all of the questions about your heart's structure and function.