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A Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE) is a test that takes pictures of the heart with the use of a flexible probe placed inside your esophagus. The heart is near the esophagus, and an ultrasound allows doctors to get very clear pictures of parts of the heart that are not well seen by a regular echocardiogram taken from outside your chest.
The pictures are displayed on the ultrasound monitor and are recorded on a disk. The TEE is performed and interpreted by a cardiologist, and it's valuable in checking various conditions, such as how bad disease may have affected heart valves and whether they need to be surgically repaired, or if there are blood clots or masses within the heart.
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