A Transoesophageal Echocardiogram (TOE) may be performed as an alternative to a Transthoracic Echocardiogram (TTE).
This procedure involves inserting a specialised transoesophageal probe into the oesophagus and taking photos from this internal vantage point.
The benefit of conducting a TOE is that clearer images can be obtained while the probe is closer to the heart. The procedure is performed under light sedation through an intravenous cannula (IV). Local anaesthetic is sprayed into the back of the throat to make swallowing the probe easier.
If you are referred for this test, it will be performed at the Princess Alexandra Hospital by our cardiologists and their team of cardiac scientists.
ON THE DAY
You will be sent information regarding your appointment by the Echo Department of the Princess Alexandra Hospital. There will be specific instructions on consumption of food or fluid prior to the procedure.
This procedure is performed by our cardiologists at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.
Bulk billed procedure.