Transesophageal Echo (TEE)
A transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) uses high-frequency sound waves (ultrasounds) to look at the structures of the heart. Pictures are taken by a probe inserted into the esophagus, the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach. Since the probe sits directly behind the heart, it allows certain parts of the heart to be seen more clearly than with a standard echocardiogram.
A TEE takes approximately one and a half hours. An additional hour is needed if an IV (into the vein) antibiotic is ordered.
There are no major risks with TEE. If you are pregnant, having a TEE will not affect your unborn baby.
For more information regarding this test, please contact the Cardiology Graphics Laboratory at 312-926-7483.