Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is a diagnostic procedure that involves the insertion of a specialized ultrasound probe into the esophagus to obtain detailed images of the heart. TEE provides a closer and clearer view of the heart structures compared to a standard transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE). It is primarily used for diagnosis but can also aid in treatment planning. Here’s an overview of the diagnosis and treatment aspects of transesophageal echocardiography:
TEE is performed by a trained healthcare professional, typically a cardiologist or a specialized echocardiographer. It requires sedation or anesthesia to minimize discomfort during the procedure. The images obtained are interpreted by the healthcare professional, who considers the patient’s clinical history, symptoms, and other diagnostic tests to provide a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan.
It’s important to note that TEE is an invasive procedure and is typically reserved for cases where more detailed information is needed beyond what a standard transthoracic echocardiogram can provide. The decision to perform TEE should be made by the healthcare professional based on the patient’s individual circumstances and clinical indications.