Trans Esophageal Echocardiography ppt


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Transesophageal Echocardiography :

Transesophageal Echocardiography Dr. Vaibhav Shahi GSVMMC

History :

History In 1976, Dr. Leon Frazin published the results of studies using an esophageal M-mode transducer Matsumoto and associates used M-mode TEE to study left ventricular (LV) function In the early 1980s, investigators led by Hanrath introduced a two-dimensional (2D), phased-array transducer mounted on the tip of a flexible gastroscope

Reasons for success of TEE:

Reasons for success of TEE Close proximity of esophagus to post wall of heart – no intervening structure like bone or lung Monitor the heart over time, such as during cardiac surgeries Extremely safe & well tolerated so that it can be performed in critically ill patients & very small infants

Unique data from TEE:

Unique data from TEE Atrial thrombi/mass left atrial appendage clot clot in LA thrombus in RA Mitral valve MR (very precisely) function of prosthetic valves refined suitability for valvotomy in severe MS


Cont. Aorta Detection of dissection Detection of atheroma Chambers Patent foramen ovale Online monitoring Monitoring interventional procedures atrial septostomy baloon valvotomy pulmonary vein interventions

Properties of Ultrasound :

Properties of Ultrasound dual process called compression and rarefaction

Properties of Ultrasound cont.:

Properties of Ultrasound cont. sequence of compression and rarefaction is described by sine waves characterized in terms of Wavelength distance between two peaks of the sine wave Frequency number of cycles that occur in 1 second Amplitude measure of tissue compression Propagation velocity speed of an ultrasound wave traveling through tissue

Properties of Ultrasound cont.:

Properties of Ultrasound cont. Transducers, typically made of quartz or titanate ceramic, use crystals that exhibit the piezoelectric effect

Transducer Frequency, Image Resolution, and Depth of Penetration :

Transducer Frequency, Image Resolution, and Depth of Penetration Echocardiography uses frequencies of 2.5 to 7.5 million cycles/sec (MHz) Important relationships between transducer frequency, depth, and resolution include (1) the slower the frequency, the greater the depth of penetration at the expense of resolution, and (2) the faster the frequency, the greater the resolution at the expense of depth of penetration


Cont. Image resolution is characterized in terms of Axial resolution Elevational resolution Lateral resolution Temporal resolution


Cont. Axial resolution is resolution along the length of an ultrasound beam A function of transducer frequency and pulse width Elevational resolution refers to the thickness of the ultrasound image: typically 8 to 10 mm


Cont. Lateral resolution is a function of ultrasound beam formation The initial segment (near field) of an ultrasound beam is columnar Beyond the near field, the beam diverges (far field) Divergence is also a function of transducer frequency. As the frequency rises, the near field gets longer and the divergence angle decreases.




Cont. Temporal resolution is the ability to accurately locate moving structures at a particular instant in time

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Attenuation :- a function of tissue absorption , divergence of ultrasound energy as it moves away from the transducer, reflection , and scattering

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Absorption is dependent on tissue type. For example, air absorbs more ultrasound energy than bone does, but bone absorbs more than blood or water does. Acoustic impedance :- refers to the resistance that an ultrasound wave meets when traveling though tissue

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The greater the tissue density, the faster the ultrasound beam moves through the tissue. Extent of ultrasound beam reflection is a function of the difference in acoustic impedance between two adjacent tissues larger the difference - the more ultrasound energy will be reflected

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Mismatches in acoustic impedance and attenuation are important to consider in imaging the heart For example, the upper aortic arch is difficult to visualize from the esophagus because of interposition of the air-filled trachea. Most of the ultrasound energy that does make it to the trachea-tissue interface is reflected as a result of the large difference in acoustic impedance between air and tissue.

Integration of Flow and Structure :

Integration of Flow and Structure Christian Doppler, a physicist, studied a band playing a specific pitch on a moving train – Doppler Shift Ultrasound that bounces off moving red blood cells is reflected back to the transducer at a slightly different frequency Shift in frequency allows the ultrasound machine to estimate blood flow velocity and direction of flow.


Cont. Doppler shifts are presented in three ways: Pulsed Wave Doppler (PWD), Continuous Wave Doppler (CWD), and Color Flow Doppler (CFD).

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One limitation of PWD is that it may be too slow to capture the velocity of fast-moving blood cells. This phenomenon is known as aliasing . The limit at which the sampling rate fails to accurately capture the true velocity is called the Nyquist limit Aliasing of PWD occurs at blood flow velocities greater than 0.8 to 1.0 m/sec. Normal flow within the heart may reach 1.4 m/sec and pathologic flow up to 6 m/sec.

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CFD is based on PWD and uses multiple sample volumes along a scan line A color code is used to depict flow toward (red) and away (blue) from the transducer

Equipment Design and Operation :

Equipment Design and Operation A miniaturized echocardiographic transducer (about 40 mm long, 13 mm wide, and 11 mm thick) mounted on the tip of a gastroscope. Transducer is with 64 piezoelectric elements operating at 3.7 to 7.5 MHz

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Like standard gastroscopes two rotary knobs control the movements

Contraindications :

Contraindications Absolute Previous esophagectomy, Severe esophageal obstruction, Esophageal perforation, and Ongoing esophageal hemorrhage


Cont. Relative Esophageal diverticulum, Varices, Fistula, and Previous esophageal surgery, as well as a history of gastric surgery, mediastinal irradiation, unexplained swallowing difficulties

Patient preparation:

Patient preparation Informed consent Pt. should fast for at least 4 – 6 hrs Thorough history should be taken – any dysphagia i.v. access Pre oxygenation Suction should be available

Basic Transesophageal Examination :

Basic Transesophageal Examination Patient is anesthetized (topically) The contents of the stomach are suctioned Patient's neck is then extended and the well-lubricated TEE probe is introduced If the probe does not pass blindly, a laryngoscope can be used

Transesophageal Echocardiography:

Transesophageal Echocardiography

Risks of TEE:

Risks of TEE Topical anesthesia Allergic reactions Toxic methemoglobinemia Conscious sedation Hypoxia Hypotention Agitation Idiosyncratic reactions


Cont. Probe insertion : immediate Oral trauma Dental trauma Esophageal trauma Vagal reaction Probe insertion : delayed Aspiration Tachycardia – PSVT and VT

TEE views:

TEE views Upper oesophageal (UE) level 20-25cm Mid Esophageal (ME) level 30-40cm Trans Gastric (TG) level beyond 40 cm

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Different Views

Four chamber view transducer in esophagus:

Four chamber view transducer in esophagus

4 of SAX views – Upper Esophagus:

4 of SAX views – Upper Esophagus

Trans Gastric (TG) View:

Trans Gastric (TG) View

Assessment of Hemodynamics :

Assessment of Hemodynamics Evaluation of Ventricular Filling TEE reveals changes in LV preload more reliably than filling pressure TEE demonstrates a significant decrease in cross-sectional area at end diastole (EDA) An EDA of less than 12 cm 2 indicates hypovolemia


Cont. Estimation of Cardiac Output TEE can quantify cardiac output more precisely By measuring both the velocity and the cross-sectional area of blood flow at appropriate locations in the heart or great vessels


Cont. Assessment of Ventricular Systolic Function Fractional area change (FAC) during systole is a commonly used measure of global LV function. FAC = (EDA - ESA)/EDA


Cont. Assessment of Ventricular Diastolic Function Heart failure is due to diastolic dysfunction: abnormal diastolic relaxation and filling


Cont. TEE During Life-Threatening Hypotension Hypotension has only two possible causes: inadequate cardiac output or inappropriately low systemic vascular resistance Qualitative TEE estimates of ventricular filling and function serve as practical guides for the administration of fluids, inotropes, and vasopressors

Detection of Myocardial Ischemia:

Detection of Myocardial Ischemia Within seconds after the onset of myocardial ischemia, affected segments of the heart cease contracting normally New intraoperative segmental wall motion abnormalities (SWMAs) diagnostic of myocardial ischemia Not all SWMAs are indicative of myocardial ischemia.


Cont. Myocarditis, myocardial infarction, and myocardial stunning also cause SWMAs. However,a sudden, severe decrease in segmental contraction is almost certainly due to myocardial ischemia.

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