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Intravascular ultrasound

IVUS is an imaging technique used to provide a cross-sectional view of the coronary arteries during stent insertion

About

Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) uses high frequency sound waves to visualize the inside of your coronary arteries. The ultrasound images are generated in real time and can be used by your consultant to help make sure the correct size coronary stent is inserted and fully expanded, helping to improve blood flow through narrowed arteries. 

Need to know

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    If you have coronary artery disease , your consultant might recommend a coronary stent. IVUS is used during the stent procedure to improve the precision of the stent placement and help make sure it's working correctly. You will be awake during the procedure, but may be given a sedative to help you relax. Your consultant will insert a thin, flexible tube (catheter) into an artery through a small cut in your groin or wrist. Local anaesthetic will be used to numb the area. The IVUS probe is on the end of the catheter, which is guided into your heart. The images provided give your consultant a view inside your artery to help them place the stent.
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    Your consultant will explain the procedure to you and answer any questions you may have. They'll let you know how to prepare, including whether you'll need to avoid food or certain medications beforehand. Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.
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    You may need to spend one night in hospital after your stent procedure. You should rest for a few days afterwards to allow your wrist or groin area to heal. Your consultant will let you know what to expect. Your consultant will discuss the procedure with you, and let you know when you can get back to your usual routines and activities. They’ll also give you advice on medication and any necessary lifestyle changes.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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