Intracardiac Echocardiography 

Intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) is an imaging technique that allows physicians to get a clear picture of the inner workings of the heart. A small ultrasound probe is placed into a vein in the groin, then threaded into the area of the heart being worked on. ICE may be used as a diagnostic tool, or for guiding the physician during minimally invasive procedures inside the heart such as stent placement, or for the repair of a hole in the heart such as atrial septal defect.

The use of intracardiac echo at UNC makes heart-imaging procedures much easier on the patient. Where previously a probe was inserted into the throat, causing great discomfort for the patient, the ICE procedure is completely painless and involves only the use of a local anesthetic at the site of insertion.

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Call the Heart & Vascular Center referral line at 866-862-4327 to find specialists, make an appointment or learn more about preventing heart disease.

Open Access is a new physician referral service, created by the UNC Center for Heart & Vascular Care, which coordinates all admissions and transfers through a single phone call and guarantees immediate acceptance for patients. Please contact us to learn more or call 866-862-4327.

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