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  Augusto E. Villa, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Diplomate American Board of Cardiovascular Diseases,
Interventional Cardiology, Endovascular Medicine,
and Internal Medicine.

600 University Boulevard, Suite 200, Jupiter, FL. 33458
Ph. (561) 627-2912 • Fax (561) 627-2207
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Intracardiac Ultrasound Test (ICE)

What is Intracardiac Ultrasound Test (ICE)?

Intracardiac Ultrasound is an invasive diagnostic test using a catheter with a sound transducer (or sound probe) on the end. The catheter is threaded thru the vein in the groin and up into the heart. High-frequency sound waves are used to create precise images of the interior heart surface. The catheter with the ultrasound tip attached is carefully removed, and then pressure is applied over the groin area to stop any bleeding.

Why is the doctor performing an Intracardiac Ultrasound Test?

To view the inner lining of the heart, including the heart valves. Intracardiac Ultrasound allows detailed evaluation of the inner surface of the heart and valves to determine if there is abnormal anatomy, vegetation (infection), or any abnormalities of the inner lining of the heart. Sometimes Intracardiac Ultrasound is used during other cardiovascular procedures such as Pulmonary Vein Ablation or Atrial Septal Closures to provide constant monitoring of the heart structures and pulmonary blood flow throughout the procedure.

Where is the Intracardiac Ultrasound Test performed?

In the Cardiac Catheterization Lab.

How long does the Intracardiac Ultrasound Test takes?

Intracardiac Ultrasound usually takes 30 to 60 minutes.


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