Trans Esophageal Echocardiogram

Trans Esophageal Echocardiogram in Patchogue, New Hyde Park & Hicksville

Esophageal EchocardiogramTrans Esophageal Echocardiogram (TEE) is the ultrasound examination of the heart and is performed by passing an ultrasound probe into the esophagus. This test is ordered when more information is needed than what a routine echocardiogram can offer. A TEE will offer higher definition and allows the visualization of structures as small as a millimeter. This test is useful in assessing valves for vegetations (from infection), small holes in the heart, further assessment of valve problems and small clots in the heart.

To Prepare For This Test:

  • Do not eat or drink six hours before the test. If you are diabetic or taking blood thinners, ask your doctor how to adjust your medications. Do not bring your valuables.
  • Inform your doctor if you have any trouble swallowing or neck arthritis.
  • The procedure will be explained, and you will be asked to sign an informed consent.
  • You will be asked to change into a gown. An IV will be placed in your arm, and ECG leads attached to your chest.
  • A liquid anesthetic will be sprayed to your throat. You may also be given conscious sedation to relax you and put you to twilight sleep. Your vital signs including pulse, blood pressure, and oxygenation are monitored throughout the test.
  • An ultrasound probe (about the size of a finger) will be passed down the throat into the esophagus to take pictures of your heart for approximately 20 – 30 minutes.
  • You will be observed for 2 – 3 hours after the test. Once the throat numbing goes away and sedations wears off, you will be given clear liquids, and our staff will walk you around with supervision.
  • You will be given written instructions at discharge. Someone must drive you home.
  • Results are available immediately after the test.