What is an Intravascular Ultrasound?
An intravascular ultrasound is a diagnostic procedure used to help doctors see any possible issues in the blood vessels and the coronary artery to the heart.
The procedure involves a small ultrasound wand, which is attached to the top of a catheter. The catheter is then inserted into an artery in the groin area and threaded to the heart.
During the procedure, a computer will measure how the found waves reflect off the blood vessels and provide pictures of the process. This diagnostic procedure will help doctors determine if surgery is needed and also reflects the condition of the arteries, blood vessels and heart.
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