I'm going to get a little medical on you today. My friend, Ginny, needs someone to drive her to Maumee Hospital in Bradenton FL so she can undergo a procedure called TEE.
She is scheduled for the test at 7 a.m. on Tuesday morning so we'll make the 2 hr. drive over to the Coast tomorrow afternoon, stay overnight at the Marriott and then go over to the hospital in the morning.
By now, unless you already know, you may be wondering what a TEE is. I'll use the explanation I found a the Cleveland Clinic website.
TEE stands for Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)
An echocardiogram (echo) uses high-frequency sound waves to produce a graphic outline of the heart's movement.
A transesophageal echo (TEE) test is a type of echo test in which the ultrasound transducer, positioned on an endoscope, is guided down the patient's throat into the esophagus (the "food pipe" leading from the mouth into the stomach). An endoscope is a long, thin, flexible instrument that is about ½ inch in diameter.
The TEE test provides a close look at the heart's valves and chambers, without interference from the ribs or lungs. TEE is often used when the results from standard echo tests are not sufficient, or when your doctor wants a closer look at your heart.
TEE may be combined with Doppler ultrasound and color Doppler to evaluate blood flow across the heart's valves.
Now look at the picture and that my help you understand what the above sentences are trying to explain.
Now that's your Anatomy & Physiology Lesson for today.