Intracardiac echocardiography in electrophysiology
Szegedi Tudományegyetem, II sz. Belgyógyászati Klinika és Kardiológiai Központ, Szeged
Intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) is widely used for guiding and monitoring invasive electrophysiologic procedures. Modern ICE catheters are capable of providing a good quality image of intracardiac anatomy, electrophysiological catheters and endocardial contact. Thereby they enhance the success of these procedures, especially in cases of complex arrhythmias. Some complications can be prevented, or recognized earlier by the use of ICE, eg. perforation during transseptal catheterization, pulmonary vein stenosis, oesophageal damage, development of thrombi on catheters and pericardial tamponade. This way ICE enhances the safety of the procedure as well.