Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS)

What is IVUS?

Intravascular ultrasound is a procedure that is used to detect blockages in the coronary artery and to prevent heart attacks. The procedure inserts a catheter with an ultrasound probe on it into the arteries of the heart so doctors can see the inside of the artery in real-time view. Doctors can then determine the treatment needed for the diagnosed heart condition.

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Advantages of Intravascular Ultrasound

IVUS allows a doctor to view the inside of the artery walls with a camera-like device. The procedure can determine the amount of blockage or narrowing in the arteries and give insight into the cause of the blockage.

What to Expect During IVUS

Before the procedure is performed, a catheter will be inserted in the groin and a medication will be given to you to help you relax. The catheter is then threaded to the arteries in the heart and a probe with a camera on it is inserted through the catheter to view the inside of the arteries.

The doctor will then take images of the arteries and use the images to diagnose conditions of the heart.

After the procedure is over, you will need to lie flat for 2-6 hours. Someone will need to take you home or you will be administered into the hospital for an over-night stay. The doctor will then discuss with you the test results and recommended treatment plans.

To schedule an appointment or for more information please call 314.747.9355 or toll-free 877.747.9355 or email us.