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08-09-2017 | Original Article | Uitgave 12/2017 Open Access

Netherlands Heart Journal 12/2017

Feasibility of multiplane microtransoesophageal echocardiographic guidance in structural heart disease transcatheter interventions in adults

Netherlands Heart Journal > Uitgave 12/2017
V. J. Nijenhuis, A. Alipour, N. C. Wunderlich, B. J. W. M. Rensing, G. Gijsbers, J. M. ten Berg, M. J. Suttorp, L. V. A. Boersma, J. A. S. van der Heyden, M. J. Swaans



Structural heart interventions are guided by transoesophageal or intracardiac echocardiography (TEE/ICE). MicroTEE, developed for paediatric purposes, is smaller and therefore less invasive and traumatic, avoiding the need for general anaesthesia. We aimed to show feasibility of procedural guidance by comparing image quality of microTEE with standard TEE and ICE during adult transcatheter interventions, and assess the accuracy in obtaining left atrial appendage (LAA) measurements between the microTEE probe and standard TEE.

Methods and results

We prospectively included 49 patients (20 women, 64 ± 18 years). Intraprocedural images were obtained by using the microTEE probe and standard (2D and 3D) TEE (LAA closure, MitraClip implantation) or ICE (interatrial communication closure, transseptal puncture for left atrial ablation). Two echocardiographers independently assessed image quality from 1 (excellent) to 4 (poor) and performed LAA measurements. Use of microTEE was not related to significant discomfort. Image quality obtained with the microTEE probe was lower than with standard TEE (2 [1–2] vs. 1 [1–2]; p = 0.04) and comparable with ICE images (2 [1–2] vs. 2 [1–2], p = 0.13). MicroTEE showed a wider field of view than ICE. LAA measurements on images obtained by microTEE were strongly associated with standard TEE.


MicroTEE seems feasible for guidance during transcatheter heart interventions in adults. MicroTEE imaging offers a wider field of view than ICE, and its accuracy is comparable with TEE. In transcatheter interventions performed under conscious sedation, microTEE might be a viable and advantageous alternative to standard TEE or ICE.

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