Transoesophageal Echocardiogram (TOE)


Unlike a standard transthoracic echocardiogram, the ultrasound transducer lies within a thin tube that passes through your mouth and into your gullet (oesophagus). Because the oesophagus is so close to the upper chambers of the heart (located just behind your heart), very clear images of heart structures can be obtained. The procedure is undertaken as a day stay procedure in hospital and is performed under sedation.

The test is often used to undertake a detailed assessment of heart valve function, to exclude rare causes of stroke, and sometimes to ensure a clot is not seen in the heart chambers prior to electrical cardioversion for rhythm disturbances, such as atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter. Dr Ford has performed over 400 TOE procedures and can schedule this in Gosford, Wyong or North Gosford Private hospitals.

Tom’s ability to put patients, who are often anxious, at ease and his ability to really listen and his kind professional manner are his real strengths.

We are very appreciative for Dr Ford's professionalism and experience. We understood the complexity of the procedure required; Dr Ford is a highly competent and skilled cardiologist.

Everything was fantastic, wonderful, informative and very very positively helpful. I couldn’t be more happy with the whole experience and the positive outcome. He is top of his field and also has an excellent bed side banner. I felt relaxed, confident and important.

Very professional and informative excellent service and caring terrific specialist in his field again absolutely excellent.