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Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS) Scan

Intravascular Ultrasound Scan visualizes inside of blood vessels.

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Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS) Scan

Overview

Understanding Intravascular Ultrasound Scan

An Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS) Scan is a catheter-based diagnostic procedure that provides real-time imaging of the inside of coronary arteries. It uses a transducer or probe to generate sound waves and produce images of blood vessels, helping to detect narrowing and blockages that can compromise blood flow.

Purpose and Benefits of Intravascular Ultrasound Scan

The primary purpose of an IVUS scan is to assess the degree of narrowing or thickening (stenosis) of an artery. It is typically used in preparation for, during, or to review the results of an angioplasty or arthrectomy, and in the placement of stents. The scan provides insight into the nature of the plaque and can reveal what has been referred to as "re-stenosis" (a recurrence of narrowing).

Conditions Detected by Intravascular Ultrasound Scan

The IVUS scan is particularly useful for detecting conditions related to heart disease, such as coronary artery disease. It can provide important information about the amount and type of plaque in the arteries, which can help determine if a patient is at risk for a heart attack.

Key Takeaways

  • An Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS) Scan is a diagnostic procedure that provides real-time imaging of the inside of coronary arteries.
  • The scan is used to assess the degree of narrowing or thickening of an artery, often in preparation for, during, or after an angioplasty or arthrectomy.
  • IVUS is particularly useful for detecting conditions related to heart disease, such as coronary artery disease.
  • Costs can vary and may be covered by private health insurance plans in the UK.
  • A referral may be necessary for an IVUS scan, and patients can book their scan through Odycy.
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Typical Costs & Insurance

The cost of an Intravascular Ultrasound Scan (IVUS) can vary depending on the Private Provider that you choose. Enter your postcode and click search to compare the cost of Intravascular Ultrasound Scan (IVUS) directly on Odycy to find the best Intravascular Ultrasound Scan (IVUS) prices near you.

The cost of Intravascular Ultrasound Scan (IVUS) may be covered by private health insurance plans, depending on the specifics of the policy. Check with your insurance provider to understand what is covered.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Intravascular Ultrasound Scan?

An Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS) Scan is a catheter-based diagnostic procedure that provides real-time imaging of the inside of coronary arteries, helping to detect narrowing and blockages that can compromise blood flow.

What conditions can an IVUS scan detect?

The IVUS scan is particularly useful for detecting conditions related to heart disease, such as coronary artery disease. It can provide important information about the amount and type of plaque in the arteries.

How much does an IVUS scan cost?

The cost of an IVUS scan can vary. It's important to check with your insurance provider to understand what is covered and what you may need to pay out-of-pocket.

Do I need a referral for an IVUS scan?

For an IVUS scan, a referral may be necessary. If you have not been directly referred to Odycy, you can obtain a referral from one of our partners or upload a referral from your doctor.

Further Information

Scan Procedure

The IVUS procedure involves the insertion of a catheter with a tiny ultrasonic transducer attached to one end. The catheter is advanced through an incision, typically in the groin, to reach the assessment area. The transducer generates high-frequency sound waves to provide images of the inside of the arteries.

Preparation for the Scan

There are no specific dietary restrictions or clothing guidelines for an IVUS scan. However, patients are advised to follow the instructions provided by their healthcare provider.

What to Expect on the Day

During the procedure, the catheter is held in place and the probe is slid backwards under steady, smooth, motorized control, sending and receiving ultrasound images along the way. The procedure is minimally invasive but does come with the risks associated with any invasive procedure.

After the Scan

After the catheter is removed, patients must lie flat for two to six hours. If a patient lives more than an hour's drive from the hospital, they may need to stay overnight. The results of the scan are typically available within a few days and will be communicated by the healthcare provider.

Alternative Imaging Options

Other imaging options include X-ray, MRI, and CT scans. The suitability of these alternatives is based on the patient's symptoms and the consultant's decision.

Additional Resources

For further information or support related to the IVUS scan, patients are advised to consult their healthcare provider or visit reputable health websites.

References

  1. "Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS)" - Cedars-Sinai
  2. https://www.cedars-sinai.org/programs/imaging-center/exams/vascular-ultrasound/ivus-intravascular-ultrasound.html
  3. "Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS) - Penn Medicine"
  4. https://www.pennmedicine.org/for-patients-and-visitors/find-a-program-or-service/heart-and-vascular/interventional-cardiology/testing-and-diagnosis/intravascular-ultrasound
  5. "Intravascular Ultrasound" - RadiologyInfo.org
  6. https://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info/ultrasound-intravascular
  7. "Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS)" - Cleveland Clinic
  8. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diagnostics/17143-intravascular-ultrasound
  9. "Recent Advances in Transducers for Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS) Imaging" - MDPI
  10. https://www.mdpi.com/1424-8220/21/10/3540

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