Dr. Maddahi may prescribe that you receive trans-esophageal echocardiography (TEE) ultrasound when he needs a clearer picture of the heart chambers, arteries, or valves than a standard ultrasound can provide. This test is performed by a physician specially trained to administer the scan. Dr. Maddahi may order a TEE ultrasound after other tests indicate a heart condition — TEE offers a clear picture that can confirm a diagnosis.
How Does It Work
A TEE is a special kind of ultrasound. Unlike a standard echocardiogram, which is done outside your chest, a TEE is done inside your esophagus. In the case of a TEE ultrasound, the transducer (wand) is contained in a small tube. This tube is passed down through your esophagus. The esophagus is close to the heart and allows Dr. Maddahi to clearly understand the heart’s structure and function.
Why Is It Done
Your doctor will be able to see your heart in much greater detail with a TEE than with a standard echocardiogram. That’s because ultrasound waves can travel through your ribs and create a clearer picture of your heart, making it ideal for confirming a diagnosis. A TEE can help your doctor diagnose several heart conditions, such as aortic stenosis, mitral stenosis, atrial septal defects, patent foramen ovale, and cardiac tumors.
A TEE can help your doctor do the following:
- Look for problems with the valves of your heart
- Check for problems with the walls of your heart
- Check for leaks in your heart valves
- Check for clotting in your heart
- Check how well your heart is pumping
Technology Replaces Unnecessary Surgery
Top heart doctor Dr. Maddahi is always improving the techniques of heart care, saving his patients the pain and suffering of heart disease. With the latest technology in his Los Angeles practice, he can look at your heart and avoid surgery to confirm conditions. Our Los Angeles office is constantly updating our tools so that you can take advantage of the latest advances in medical technology. Call us with any questions or concerns you have about your test.