What is a Transthoracic Echocardiogram or TTE?
Transthoracic Echocardiogram is often abbreviated as TTE. This is the most common type of echocardiogram.
Views of the heart are obtained by moving a transducer over different locations on your chest or abdominal wall. If any lungs or ribs block the view, a small amount of intravenous dye may be used to improve the images.
It is a painless test similar to X-ray, but without the radiation.