UPMC Jameson offers both diagnostic and interventional catheterizations.
- A diagnostic catheterization is performed as an in depth study of the functionality of your heart and valves. The cardiologists can view live and recorded digital video of your heart to diagnose and determine a treatment plan for any abnormalities they may view.
- An interventional catheterization, or angioplasty, takes the diagnostic catheterization a step further by inserting a stent to reopen clogged arteries.
The invasive laboratory is fully equipped with the latest diagnostic imaging devices and monitoring equipment. Diagnostic studies requiring digital fluoroscopic, cine, and cut film imaging are used in the lab. Procedures offered in the invasive laboratory include:
- Filter placements
- Stent placements
- Diagnostic and therapeutic biliary procedures
Risk Levels Performed at UPMC Jameson
All cardiac catheterization procedures performed at UPMC Jameson must be screened to meet “low risk” criteria as mandated by the State of Pennsylvania. If your risk is assessed to be higher, you will be transferred to a tertiary hospital as referred by an invasive cardiologist on staff at UPMC Jameson. High risk or therapeutic catheterizations are referred to UPMC Passavant. Patients with a postcatheterization diagnosis that requires immediate intervention will be referred to a tertiary care center such as UPMC Passavant or UPMC Presbyterian.