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Transoesophageal echocardiogram

Then procedure gives detailed pictures of the hearts structure from the food pipe (oesophagus) which lies behind the heart. You swallow a small probe which is mounted at the end of a fine, flexible tube this probe takes pictures of the hearts structure.

The pictures are taken quite quickly and the tube and probe are then gently withdrawn. This procedure is completed under both local or general anaesthetic, this decision is made on an individual basis.

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