Unfolding the mysteries of the heart's structure and function, the Echocardiogram, or TOE, is a specialised cardiac ultrasound technique. Armed with a unique feature called Doppler Echocardiography, it can effectively gauge blood flow and pressures within the heart.
In a Transthoracic Echocardiogram (TTE), a compact handheld device - the probe - is placed over the chest, visualising and assessing the heart's structure and function with remarkable accuracy.
Taking a step further into specialised care, the Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE) is only performed by specially trained cardiologists like Dr Karthigesan. This 30 to 60-minute procedure, generally conducted in a hospital setting, involves passing a transducer through the mouth into the oesophagus, situated behind the heart. The transducer projects images onto a monitor, offering visual clarity surpassing that of TTE and facilitating the diagnosis of certain cardiac conditions.
At Dr Karthigesan's clinic, we don't just perform echocardiograms - we provide an in-depth exploration of your heart, guided by expertise and driven by compassion. Join us on a journey towards superior cardiac health and experience the difference that expert care can make.
A Transthoracic or Transesophageal Echocardiogram plays a pivotal role in diagnosing a broad range of cardiac conditions. The procedure may be recommended to evaluate signs and symptoms that could indicate:
No specific preparations are necessary for a Transthoracic Echocardiogram (TTE). You may continue to eat, drink, and take any prescribed medications prior to the test.
However, for a Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE), you will be provided detailed instructions, which typically include:
The TTE procedure, lasting approximately an hour, involves the following steps:
The TEE procedure encompasses these steps:
Typically, there's no special care needed following a TTE/TEE. However, your doctor may provide additional instructions based on your individual circumstances.