How do you perform a transesophageal echocardiogram?

How do you perform a transesophageal echocardiogram?

A transesophageal echocardiogram is done by inserting a probe with a transducer down the esophagus. This provides a clearer image of the heart because the sound waves do not have to pass through skin, muscle, or bone tissue.

How is a TTE procedure performed?

During a TTE, you will lie on your back or on your left side on a bed or table. Small metal discs (electrodes) will be taped to your arms and legs to record your heart rate during the test. A small amount of gel will be rubbed on the left side of your chest to help pick up the sound waves.

How do I get BiCAVAL view?

The traditional “bicaval” view is usually obtained from a mid-esophageal position with a transducer angle of 70–110°. This view has been adopted as an integrative part of TEE examinations and intra-procedural imaging. For example, it is widely used for guidance of transseptal punctures.

How do I get BiCAVAL view on TEE?

The ME BiCAVAL view is developed by increasing the multiplane transducer angle forward to 90° – 120° and turning the probe to the right (clockwise), until the IVC in the left side of the display and the SVC appears in the right side.

Are you sedated for a TTE?

An IV will be given for sedation. (You will remain awake.) While lying on your left side, a thin, flexible endoscope is passed down your throat. Though this may be uncomfortable, it should not hurt and will not interfere with breathing.

How is a transesophageal echocardiography performed?

Transesophageal Echocardiogram Procedure The cardiologist may insert the probe in a patient who is either awake or under anesthesia. The airway is anesthetized by the topical anesthetic spray. The patient is placed on the left lateral side. The probe has to be well lubricated so that it passes through the mouth and throat smoothly without causing any damage.

How does a transesophageal echocardiogram procedure work?

A transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) uses echocardiography to assess the structure and function of the heart. During the procedure, a transducer (like a microphone) sends out ultrasonic sound waves.

What is esophageal cardiogram?

esophageal cardiogram. e·soph·a·ge·al car·di·o·gram. tracing of left atrial contractions made by recording displacements of the column of air in a sensor-equipped esophageal transducer tube or wire.

What is the abbreviation for transesophageal echocardiography?

Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is a test that produces pictures of your heart. TEE uses high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to make detailed pictures of your heart and the arteries that lead to and from it.