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Intravascular Ultrasound

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Course Details

Credit/contact hours: .75
Estimated time to complete: 45 minutes
Publication Date: July 11, 2018
Expiration date: July 10, 2024
Reviewed: July 9, 2021


Intravascular ultrasound plays an important role in the evaluation and management of coronary heart disease in the cardiac catheterization laboratory. Using IVUS the operator can identify arterial size, structure, pathology, and can make interpretations regarding the effectiveness of coronary intervention.

You Will Learn

  • To define the limitations of coronary angiography and to define the role of intravascular ultrasound in addressing these limitations
  • To list the advantages, limitations, and risks of intravascular ultrasound
  • To identify the typical ultrasound findings of the arterial wall, lumen, and pathologic structures including IEL, EEL, intima, and lumen
  • To define the role of IVUS during coronary intervention or PCI

Method and medium:

Learners participate in the interactive learning modules by correctly answering multiple choice questions dispersed throughout. Learners will be prompted to try again if a question is answered incorrectly.The course will open in a new tab - to exit the course, simply close that tab.

Michael Ragosta III, MD

Dr. Michael Ragosta is an attending cardiologist at the University of Virginia Health System with a sub-specialty in interventional cardiology. His clinical practice includes complex percutaneous coronary intervention, myocardial infarction, valvular heart disease, structural heart disease, and general cardiology. Dr. Ragosta is the Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories at UVA and author of numerous textbooks related to cardiac catheterization and hemodynamic interpretation.

DISCLOSURE: This individual reports no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities.

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