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Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS) Events at American College of Cardiology Annual Meeting
IVUS to be Discussed in 29 Sessions and Used in 14 Live Case Demonstrations at the
Annual Meeting of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and
The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI)

March 27, 2008 -- Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) is scheduled to be part of 29 separate sessions at this weekend's annual meeting of cardiologists in Chicago. In addition, IVUS will be used by interventionalists who will be performing 14 live procedures, to be broadcast to the Convention Center at McCormick Place from Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, and other medical centers in California, London, Germany, Japan and Australia.

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting is the major annual meeting of cardiologists in the United States and this year, the group that represents interventional cardiologists, the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) is holding its own annual meeting as part of the ACC event.

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Intravascular Ultrasound allows the interventionalist to see a coronary artery from the inside-out during a procedure. This unique point-of-view picture, generated in real time, yields information that goes beyond what is possible with the routine imaging methods performed in the cath lab, such as coronary angiography.

This cross-sectional view can aid in stent sizing, and in confirming that the stent has been placed optimally, is fully expanded and hugging the vessel wall. A growing number of cardiologists feel that the new information yielded by IVUS can make a significant difference in how a patient is treated, and can provide for more accurate stent placement, reducing complications and the incidence of stent thrombosis.

For more information about intravascular ultrasound, and exclusive interviews with leading cardiologists who utilize it, visit Angioplasty.Org's IVUS Center.