What is Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS) and How Does It Work?

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At Shiloh Vein & Aesthetics Institute, our team of vascular specialists are board certified in performing a vast array of vein treatments, PRP treatments, aesthetic services, as well as treatments for hair loss in and around the Montgomery County area. Lead interventionist Dr. Aaron Shiloh is pleased to announce the clinic uses intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) technology for venous and arterial cases. This cutting-edge technology boasts many benefits and far surpasses most techniques used today.

You might be wondering, “Is IVUS right for me? What is it?”

We’ve created a little FAQ sheet to answer all of your questions below. If by chance we did not cover something, please do not hesitate to reach out by calling our office at 215-695-4169 and someone will be happy to address your inquiry.

What is Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS)?

Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) is a medical imaging technique and cutting-edge technology used at Shiloh Vein & Aesthetics Institute that utilizes a transducer or probe to get accurate images of the interior of a patient’s blood vessels.

What Are Some Common Uses of IVUS?

IVUS is typically performed in conjunction with or to help plan for an angiography or stenting procedure. IVUS is exceptional at giving physicians an entire view of the patient’s entire artery wall, thus revealing more information for the best treatment options.

How is the Procedure Performed?

IVUS procedures require little to no preparation and, as stated above, are often used in conjunction with another procedure (angiography, angioplasty).

To begin, the patient is positioned on an examining table in a catheterization lab and hooked up to monitors to track heart rate, blood pressure, and other vital measures. An IV will then be placed in an arm or hand vein so sedative medication can be given intravenously. The doctor will then sterilize and numb the area where the catheter is going to be placed before he makes a tiny incision. First, a sheath will be inserted into the artery and then the catheter. Once everything is in place, the transducer can take images of the blood vessels. Once the procedure is complete, patients may need to stay up to six hours for observation and recovery.

What Are the Greatest Benefits?

IVUS is hands down the best imaging technique to visualize plaque not only in coronary arteries but also the atheroma. IVUS measures the degree to which a vessel has been narrowed due to plaque, allows more accurate placing on the stent (thus reducing stent thrombosis), does not expose the patient to ionizing radiation, and so much more. Since vascular specialists began using IVUS, they have gained a better understanding of atherosclerosis, its process, and how to more effectively combat this disease.

To learn more about IVUS or any other service offered at Shiloh Vein & Aesthetics Institute like PRP treatment, body sculpting or the best treatments for hair loss in Montgomery County, please browse our website!