Transesophageal echocardiographic assessment of coronary stenosis: A decade of experience

Robert W.W. Biederman, Vincent L. Sorrell, Navin C. Nanda, Szilard Voros, Abhash C. Thakur

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Coronary artery imaging is routinely obtained invasively at cardiac catheterization through coronary angiography. This remains the gold standard, but with advances in ultrasound technology, electron beam computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging, newer noninvasive methodologies are achieving greater success at imaging the coronary anatomy. This review is meant to highlight the important accomplishments from transesophageal echocardiographic (TEE) investigations that have studied the coronary arteries. The specific technique for optimally imaging the coronaries with high frequency transducers, color and conventional Doppler, in addition to contrast-enhanced methods, will be analyzed. Importantly, this article serves as a reminder to echocardiographers and cardiologists that excellent, clinically relevant information of the coronary arteries can be obtained routinely during TEE. This technique is part of the trend noted by the other authors in this special edition; that is, echocardiography is becoming the gold standard of the new millennium for many diagnostic areas, even coronary angiography.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-57
Number of pages9
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001


  • Coronary artery stenosis
  • Transesophageal echo

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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