Saturday, July 08, 2006


Sorry it's been a while. I've been on vacation for three weeks... but it's not really a vacation because I've been studying for anesthesia boards (third time around.. yikes, wish me luck)

Anyway I was watching Discovery Health (flipping past really... I rarely WATCH it) and there was a cardiologist talking about a test they "rarely" do in the ER. A TEE. A TEE stands for TransEsophageal Echocardiogram. Break it down -- basically a picture of the heart using soundwaves with the probe being in the esophagus (your feeding tube) Then they have the patient talking about it and him being scared and they show a picture of a medical instrument and you're supposed to assume it's a TEE.


They show what is probably a gastroscope -- a camera used to see into your stomach. And I can guess why they used that instead. It's kinda like a TEE, almost the same shape, put down the same tube, but more melodramatic because it's got a light at the end of it and they pointed the light into the camera and it faded out to the next scene and ooooh.... aaaaahhhh....

Anyway NOT the same

Tip of gastroscope probe Tip of TEE probe
Images used without permission fromFujinon Singapore and St. Michaels Hospital respectively