Intravascular ultrasound part 9

Intravascular ultrasonography



What are the benefits vs risks?

Intravascular ultrasound has many benefits including:

  • showing the presence and amount of plaque in arteries
  • measuring the degree to which the vessel has become narrowed from plaque
  • providing information about what the plaque is made of
  • detection of restenosis
  • more accurate stent placement and reduced incidence of stent thrombosis
  • no exposure to ionizing radiation
  • Any procedure that involves placement of  a catheter inside a blood vessel carries certain risk. These risks include damage of the blood vessels, bruising or bleeding at the puncture site and infection. However precaution is taken to mitigate these risks

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