Intravascular ultrasound

What is it?

Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) is a technique that, through the use of a catheter with an ultrasound transducer at the tip, allows to obtain information about the vessel via ultrasound, such as diameter, presence of external compression and presence of plaques. Intravascular ultrasound is an invasive examination that is performed in post coronary angioplasty or upon venous endovascular procedures.

When is this exam indicated?

The purpose of the examination is to study the course of blood vessels and detect any alterations, such as reduced caliber or occlusion (for example, in iliac veins).

How is it performed?

It is an invasive procedure, performed in the operating room, usually under local anesthesia. Through a puncture in the groin area, the vessels are studied using catheters. The duration of the examination can vary greatly depending on the type of study performed (on average it lasts 30 minutes). After the examination, the patient must remain under observation.


There are no contraindications.

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