What is a Transoesophageal Echocardiogram (TOE)?

A TOE also uses ultrasound to assess the heart, however, provides the cardiologist with a superior look at the heart valves compared with a transthoracic (through the ribs spaces) echo.

The procedure

You will be admitted to John Flynn Hospital for a day procedure. A general anaesthetic will be used, and the procedure will generally be performed in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) or Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory (CCL).

Nurses will prepare you and insert a cannula for the anaesthetic to be administered.

Once you are prepared and the cardiologist is present you will be sedated, and an ultrasound probe will be passed down your oesophagus to be positioned posterior to your heart.

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Informed consent

It is required by law to receive your consent to perform this test. It is important that you have read and understood this information. If you have any questions, please ask the technician prior to your test.

Appointments

To ensure your appointment runs smoothly, please arrive at the practice 10 minutes early to fill out any required paperwork.

Results

Results will be sent to your referring doctor. If ordered by our cardiologists, they will discuss at your next appointment.

Appointments

To ensure your appointment runs smoothly, please arrive at the practice 10 minutes early to fill out any required paperwork.

Results

Results will be sent to your referring doctor. If ordered by our cardiologists, they will discuss at your next appointment.