By: Phillip Mumford RCIS 
My name is Phillip Mumford and I am a registered cardiovascular invasive specialist (RCIS). I work at Palestine Regional Medical Center in Palestine, TX, as the director of the cath lab. I have been working in the cath lab for almost 15 years.
Many people don't appreciate the need to IVUS vessels for correct sizing; trust me, I used to be one of those people. In the last several years, the cardiologist I scrub with and I have seen many vessels that either looked like they didn't need a stent placed and some that looked fine, but then ended up being 80% blocked. My blog will discuss the importance of using IVUS in the cardiac and peripheral setting. If you have had similar cases or questions about the use of IVUS, please feel free to express your thoughts.
I would like to share a photo of an IVUS I did the other day of a patient that came in with chest pain from a previous stent placement. Tell me what you think about this image (click on it to enlarge):