The Emerging Role of Intracardiac Echocardiography -- Into the ICE Age

Andrew R.J. Mitchell; Prasanna Puwanarajah; Jonathan Timperley; Harald Becher; Neil Wilson; Oliver J. Ormerod

Disclosures

Br J Cardiol. 2007;14(1):31-36. 

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Conclusions

Current principal roles for ICE are to provide imaging for PFO and ASD closure and to guide electrophysiological procedures. Benefits compared with TOE include excellent image quality with shorter procedure times, reduced radiation exposure and the elimination of the requirement for general anaesthesia. The principal disadvantage of ICE is the cost of the catheter. If the PFO trials support device closure, then ICE may prove to be the perfect tool to support the flood of referrals that may result.

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