What is an Intracardiac Ultrasound?

An intracardiac ultrasound is an ultrasound used to evaluate the heart, including its valves, arteries, chambers and inner lining. It can be particularly useful to help identify heart disease. During this test, a probe is inserted into either a vein or an artery, and is then manipulated into the heart.

What to Expect

The night before the cardiac catheterization, you may be asked not to eat or drink anything after midnight. Once ready for the procedure, you will be given an anesthetic to keep you from feeling pain.  A catheter is then inserted and gently guided toward your heart while your doctor watches the advancement of the catheter on a video monitor. Dye will then be injected into the catheter in certain areas of your heart chamber and arteries to help visualize the areas. To obtain higher resolution images for the assessment of coronary arteries, values and post interventions such as angioplasty, an intracardiac ultrasound catheter will then be inserted.  When the procedure is finished, the catheter will be removed and you will need to remain lying down for a few hours to prevent bleeding before you are discharged.

Where to Go

Evanston Hospital - Ambulatory Surgery, 3rd Floor
Glenbrook Hospital - Same Day Surgery, 4th Floor
Highland Park Hospital - Stop at the information desk at the front entrance to check in

Who to Call if you Have Questions

If you have questions, or would like additional information, please call:

Evanston Hospital 847.570.2216
Glenbrook Hospital 847.570.2216
Highland Park Hospital 847.480.3956

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