Many ways of controlling the heart have been developed and so varying types are in use according to the conditions that bests suits the situations decided upon by the doctors. Transesophageal echocardiogram is therefore that process of assessing the heart by using the esophagus as the passage way where the machine gets in the body. This procedure is also another alternative way that can be compared to performing an echocardiogram. Ultrasound transducer at the tip is passed through the esophagus into the human body and thus this will allow all the images to be recorded from within the heart system at very close ranges.
The process has several advantages compared to other methods that are usually adopted in the medical world; clearer images are bound to be captured easily and even when these images cannot be captured easily and in a clear manner through the chest wall. Ultrasound signals works well with this process because in the long run they are not weakened at all because the space between the heart and the esophagus is very small. Stronger return signals are the results of the process and so this end up making the images very clear in the long run.
Furthermore transesophageal echocardiogram allows for several structures of the heart to be evaluated easily; these may include aorta, heart valves, atria, septum, arteries and also the left atria appendage. These structures can only be done in adults as they have improved systems with larger organs that can be imaged precisely. Blood clot in the left atria can also be sensed easily by this procedure thus making it more useful over time.
Also there are several disadvantages attributed to this procedure especially on the condition of the patients. All the patients are prohibited from drinking or either eating anything because the system will not work on them; this then means a patient must be able to fast in order to allow the procedure to be successful. Also transesophageal echocardiogram will require quite a number of medical experts as it takes longer to perform. The procedure may make the patient to become very uncomfortable over time and this may end up discouraging them of being examined. Sedation or any other form of aestation may be the requirement for the procedure to succeed and finally some risks such as esophageal perforation then can be associated to this procedure in the long run.
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