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If you are a cardiologist in practice, a fellow in training, an echo technologist, or a cardiac anesthesiologist, then this is the right place to help you learn and review principles of echocardiography.
This information on this site is meant to be purely educational and in no way should substitute for clinical judgment or be used as a means to make decisions regarding clinical care.
Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is the most commonly performed cardiac ultrasound examination. A high quality transthoracic echocardiogram can be performed quickly at the bedside and has the potential to comprehensively evaluate left and right ventricular systolic and diastolic function, regional wall motion, valvular heart disease, and diseases of the pericardium.
Transesophageal echocardiography improves image quality in many ways over transthoracic echo
Parasternal Long Axis
Parasternal Short Axis
Common Indications for TEE
Contraindications for TEE
Deep Transgastric View
High esophageal views
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In contrast to formal echocardiography in which multiple views and techniques provide a comprehensive structural and functional assessment of the heart, resulting in a quantitative report, basic echo in the resuscitation setting aims to answer focused clinical yes/no questions. .