IVUS: Intravascular Ultrasound
IVUS: Intravascular Ultrasound—how does it work?
Intravascular Ultrasound, or IVUS, is a relatively new procedure that utilizes a small probe that emits small sound waves to image the interior of arteries. This technique can provide pictures of the full arterial wall, whereas other techniques can’t. This means that the physician is able to learn a lot more about his patient with this technique as opposed to other conventional approaches, such as non-invasive Venous Ultrasfound.
Moreover, this technique does not use harmful radiation, and is able to provide a very good image of soft tissue whereas a conventional x-ray couldn’t.
This procedure does not require any special preparation, however, you may be sedated during and after the surgery for a period of time. Therefor, it is imperative that you share with your doctor any existing allergies you may have to anesthesia. Your doctor may also ask that you fast before the procedure, so make sure to listen to his advice.
During the procedure, you most likely will be asked to remove your clothes and put on a gown. Leave any loose jewelry and things of that nature at home.
After the procedure, you should not drive. It’s important you have a ride arranged. you should also avoid bending over and any heavy lifting for a few days after the procedure is formed.
• First, your physician’s nurse will assist you in putting on the gown.
• After you’re dressed, or undressed respectively, you will lie flat on your back.
• Anesthesia will be administered via an IV, or general anesthesia can be used depending on your preference.
• The physician will then sterilize and place a surgical drape over the point of insertion—usually near the groin or femoral artery.
• A catheter is then inserted into the vein or artery, from which the physician can guide and maneuver any existing lines.
• Using this approach, the physician can make his way to the location of interest and take pictures that will help in the future.
• Once he is done, he will retract his catheter and perhaps place a closure device at the point of insertion. Once this is done, the procedure is considered completed and successful.
Any procedure that places a catheter involves risks, but these risks are very well mitigated and your physician is more than well equipped to deal with them.
Who interprets my results, and when do I get them back?
The physician who is treating you or an interventional radiologist will interpret your results and send them back to their respective audience. This is usually done within a week.
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