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Transoesophageal Echocardiography (TEE)

Echocardiography is a procedure that uses ultrasound to scan the heart and its blood vessels. Transoesophageal Echocardiography (TEE) is a technique to obtain echocardiographic images through the oesophagus, which is the gullet or food passage where food and drinks pass through to reach the stomach.

A small transducer mounted on a flexible tube called a TEE probe is inserted down into the mouth and moved to the oesophagus and subsequently positioned behind the heart. Very clear pictures of the heart can be obtained by TEE.

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