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What is the difference between an ivus and a cardiac catheterization?

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Dr. Francis Uricchio
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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Ivus (intravascular ultrasound) is a diagnostic tool that can be used during cardiac catheterization when the angiographic pictures are not sufficient to determine the severity of a blockage.
Ivus can be considered part of cardiac catheterization in a subset of patients who require it.

In brief: Part of same

Ivus (intravascular ultrasound) is a diagnostic tool that can be used during cardiac catheterization when the angiographic pictures are not sufficient to determine the severity of a blockage.
Ivus can be considered part of cardiac catheterization in a subset of patients who require it.
Dr. Francis Uricchio
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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
IVUS stands for intravascular ultrasound. A small ultrasound catheter is inserted in the coronary artery and internal sound wave images are obtained. This adds to the information when needed, from a standard contrast angiogram. It isn't done at all coronary angiograms but is useful when needed.
Dr. Christopher White
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: IVUS

A heart cath is the procedure to place a catheter in the heart arteries.
Usually contrast is injected to see blockages. Ivus is intravascular ultrasound which may be performed during the heart cath to clarify questionable blockages.

In brief: IVUS

A heart cath is the procedure to place a catheter in the heart arteries.
Usually contrast is injected to see blockages. Ivus is intravascular ultrasound which may be performed during the heart cath to clarify questionable blockages.
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