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.
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.