Transesophageal Echo (TEE)

This channel includes news and new technology innovations for transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) ultrasound imaging used for diagnostics and procedural guidance. TEE is an invasive form cardiac ultrasound (echo), where the ultrasound probe is placed down the patient's throat, into the esophagus to allow for more detailed, clearer imaging of the heart than is available using typical transthoracic echo imaging. TEE is used extensively for transcatheter structural heart procedure guidance because of its ability to show soft tissue that is not visible on the angiography systems typically used in the cath lab.

A Philips Healthcare transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) system in use in a hybrid OR.

A Philips Healthcare transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) system in use in a hybrid OR.

News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | June 04, 2020
June 4, 2020 — Intra-operative transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is a versatile diagnostic and monitoring tool...
The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) has issued a statement on how centers may consider to reopen cardiac ultrasound services as hospitals begin resuming elective procedures and tests amid the COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic. #COVID19 #SARScov2 #ASE
Feature | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | May 22, 2020
May 21, 2020 — The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) has issued a statement on how centers may consider to...
ASE issued guidelines for the protection of echocardiography providers during the COVID-19 outbreak. Image shows a Philips Ultrasound system being used during a demonstration at the ASE 2019 meeting. #SARScov2
Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | April 14, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
The provision of echocardiographic services remains crucial during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2)...
Videos | RSNA | January 13, 2020
DAIC/ITN Editor Dave Fornell takes a tour of some of the most innovative new medical imaging technologies displayed on...
Videos | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | December 19, 2019
This is an example of an augmented reality (AR) training system for transesophageal echo (TEE) created by the...
Videos | RSNA | December 18, 2019
DAIC Editor Dave Fornell and Imaging Technology News (ITN) Consulting Editor Greg Freiherr offer a post-game report on...
Videos | University of Colorado Hospital | October 02, 2019
Interview with John Carroll, M.D., director of interventional cardiology, Robert Quaife, M.D., director of advanced...
This shows the TEE ultrasound imaging used to guide MitraClip procedures to treat functional mitral regurgitation.
360 Photos | 360 View Photos | October 02, 2019
This 360 degree view shows staff at the University of Colorado Heart and Vascular Center performing live...
Using the terms plumber, electrician, carpenter are easy for most patients to understand when explaining the rolls of specialists in complex cardiology procedures. In this image, interventional cardiologist "plumbers" and a cardiac surgeon "carpenter" work as part of the a structural heart team at Henry Ford Hospital while guiding the device using live echo images from the "video guy."

Using the terms plumber, electrician and carpenter are easy ways for most patients to understand when explaining the roles of specialists in complex cardiology procedures. In this image, interventional cardiologist "plumbers" and a cardiac surgeon "carpenter" work as part of the a structural heart team at Henry Ford Hospital while guiding the device using live echo images from the "video guy." 

Blog | May 28, 2019
Physicians use many strategies to better interface with patients and their families to try and explain in non-physician...
Videos | Cath Lab Navigation Aids | May 01, 2019
Alex Haak, Ph.D., clinical scientist at Philips Health Systems North America, is based at the University of Colorado...
Figure 1: A computed tomography angiography (CTA) study performed for transcatheter aortic valve replacement planning.  Interventional imagers created and interpret these images as part of the heart team.

Figure 1: A computed tomography angiography (CTA) study performed for transcatheter aortic valve replacement planning. The aortic valve is trileaflet with significant calcification (A). Annular measurements are performed to determine valve sizing (B). Coronary artery height is measured to predict the risk of coronary artery obstruction (C).  

Feature | Structural Heart | April 24, 2019 | Nadeen N. Faza, M.D., Dee Dee Wang, M.D., Joao Cavalcante, M.D., Andrew D. Choi, M.D., Jeffrey B. Geske, M.D., and Stephen H. Little, M.D.
Recent months have signaled a new and exciting era in the dynamic world of structural heart disease (SHD). The COAPT...
All major vendors offering advanced visualization software now offer structural heart planning. This is an example of GE Healthcare's Valve Assist software being used to determine the best location of a transseptal puncture to deliver a left atrial appendage (LAA) occluder.

All major vendors offering advanced visualization software now offer structural heart planning. This is an example of GE Healthcare's Valve Assist software being used to determine the best location of a transseptal puncture to deliver a left atrial appendage (LAA) occluder. 

Feature | Structural Heart | March 28, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis
Structural heart interventions represent one of the fastest growing segments of cardiology, as the number of devices to...
ASE Releases Guidelines for Transesophageal Echo in Congenital Heart Disease
News | Transesophageal Echo (TEE) | February 05, 2019
February 5, 2019 – The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) released a new document that provides a comprehensive...
A view of GE Healthcare's volume max, or Vmax, which allows for nearly triple the frame rate speeds on 3-D TEE in a single beat over previous generation systems.

A view of GE Healthcare's volume max, or Vmax, which allows for nearly triple the frame rate speeds on 3-D TEE in a single beat over previous-generation systems.  

Feature | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | January 31, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor
The higher expense and lower frame rates of 3-D cardiac ultrasound systems have limited their adoption over the past...
Videos | Cath Lab Navigation Aids | January 08, 2019
Robert Quaife, M.D., director of advanced cardiac imaging, University of Colorado Hospital, explains why advanced...