Transesophageal cross-sectional echocardiography

Am Heart J. 1980 Nov;100(5):605-9. doi: 10.1016/0002-8703(80)90223-9.


A transesophageal cardiac imaging system is described. This system employs hand-held mechanical sector and linear scanners each having a flexible tube and a small ultrasonic transducer contained within a small oil bag easily swallowed by adults. In the sector scanner, a small transducter in the esophagus rotates alternately and horizontal heart images are displayed. In the linear scanner, a small transducer in the esophagus moves up and down and vertical heart images are displayed. The system was evaluated in 31 adult subjects. In all subjects, stable high quality heart images were observed continuously from base to apex as the transducer was being withdrawn or entire heart images were observed at the level of the atrioventricular valves. In vertical scans, the bifurcation of the pulmonary artery could be observed clearly. There was little difference in the image quality among subjects.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Echocardiography*
  • Esophagus / physiopathology*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged