Ultrasound-Guided Placement of a Renal Artery Stent Using an Intracardiac Probe for Transvascular Imaging

Marek Belohlavek1, *, Panupong Jiamsripong1, Eileen M McMahon1, Theresa R Lombari1, Lilach O Lerman2
1 Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Arizona
2 Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA

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In this set of images obtained during an experimental study using a porcine animal model, we introduce ultrasound guidance of percutaneous transluminal renal angioplasty and renal stenting. A state-of-the-art intracardiac ultrasound catheter is used here for transvascular scanning from within the lumen of the abdominal aorta, thus providing a field of view for navigation of a balloon catheter and a wire coil (“stent”) into each renal artery of a pig. This study is intended as a contribution to the growing field of minimally invasive interventions and their navigation by non-ionizing ultrasound imaging.

Keywords: Angioplasty, intracardiac catheter, renal, stent, transvascular, ultrasound guidance..