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Contact Information

Buffalo General Medical Center
100 High Street
Buffalo, NY 14203


DeGraff Memorial Hospital
445 Tremont Street
North Tonawanda, NY 14120


Gates Vascular Institute (GVI)
875 Ellicott Street
Buffalo, NY 14203


Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital
1540 Maple Road
Williamsville, NY 14221

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Cardiac Services
Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS)

Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS) is a catheter-based system that allows physicians to acquire images of diseased vessels from inside the artery.

A miniature sound probe (transducer) on the tip of a coronary catheter is threaded through the coronary arteries and, using high-frequency sound waves, produces detailed images of the interior walls of the arteries to detect blood vessel blockages and other problems such as aneurysms.

The doctor uses IVUS to:

  • View the artery from the inside out, making it possible to evaluate the amount of disease present and what it is made of
  • Determine the need for further treatment (angioplasty or bypass surgery)
  • Determine the need for aggressive prevention therapies before chest pain and/or other symptoms and advanced heart disease begin

The IVUS procedure takes about 60 minutes.

The following physicians perform these procedures:

Great Lakes Cardiovascular
(716) 710-8266
James Conley, MD
Eli Farhi, MD
Vijay Iyer, MD, PhD 
William Morris, MD
Kishor Phadke, MD 

Independent
(716) 859-2748

John Visco, MD