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Transesophageal echocardiography - Procedure 45
Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is an ultrasound technique that uses sound waves to visualize the cardiovascular system. The procedure uses a flexible tube with an imaging transducer, guided down a patient’s throat, to produce real-time images of the heart in action. In essence, a TEE probe is a modified gastroscope with a motor-controlled ultrasonic transducer at its tip. This arrangement allows the transducer to be advanced into the esophagus, where it is positioned directly posterior to the heart. Depending on the diagnostic need, both 2D and 3D probes are used for TEE procedures.
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