What is IVUS?

Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS) allows the doctor to see a coronary artery inside out, which provides real time information that goes beyond routine imaging methods such as coronary angiography or CT scans.

The information provided by IVUS provides for a more accurate placing of the stent, reducing complications and incidence of stent clots.

How does IVUS work?

In IVUS, the miniaturized transducers that is less than four hundredth of an inch, is placed on a catheter. This catheter is slipped along the guide wire used in angioplasty. It becomes a tiny camera that gives the cardiologist a view of the three distinct circular layers of the artery. The cardiologist can make the clinical decision more effectively using this image.

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Intravascular ultrasound image of a coronary artery

Split screen view of the IVUS monitor

Rotational IVUS catheter & Imaging

Patient benefits
  • Increased accuracy of stent placement

  • Reduced risk of complications

  • Quick recovery and improved quality of life

There is no room for assumptions and probabilities in matters of the Heart.

Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS) allows the doctor to see a coronary artery inside out, which provides real time information that goes beyond routine imaging methods such as coronary angiography or CT scans.The information provided by IVUS provides for a more accurate placing of the stent, reducing complications and incidence of stent clots.

How is it different from Standard Angiography?

The current "gold standard" of angiography shows only the lumen as an X-ray image created by injection of contrast dye. With IVUS, just a few clicks on the console measures the area of the blockage, the size of the artery and an accurate percentage of narrowing. Vulnerable plaque, which exist inside the arterial wall, also can be visualized by IVUS thereby preventing rupture and potential heart attacks.

Renowned Cardiac Specialists at Sakra World Hospital, Bangalore

Dr. Sreekanth Shetty

Cardiologist
Senior Consultantand
Head Interventional Cardiology

Dr. Deepak Krishnamurthy

Cardiologist
Senior Consultant
Interventional Cardiology

Dr. Adil Sadiq

Cardiac Surgeon
Senior Consultant & Head
Adult Cardiac Surgery

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