Transesophageal Echocardiography

Transesophageal echocardiography is a technique that uses a small ultrasound probe placed into a child’s esophagus to closely evaluate the heart and blood vessels within the chest.

  • Transesophageal echocardiography is also called a TEE.
  • It obtains a clearer image than a regular echocardiogram because sound waves don’t have to pass through skin, muscle or bone tissue.
  • It’s often used during heart surgery to evaluate the effects of surgical intervention to the heart.