Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) is the first hospital in the region to offer the EKOS® Acoustic Pulse Thombolysis™ procedure, a life-saving technique that dissolves blood clots in the vascular system via a catheter. The EKOS® procedure is minimally invasive, uses lower doses of medicine and is used to treat conditions including pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and peripheral arterial occlusion.
During catheter-assisted thrombolysis treatment, a catheter is guided through blood vessels to the location of the blood clot. The catheter will deliver special clot dissolving medicine called thrombolytics to help dissolve the clot. EKOS also delivers ultrasound energy to mechanically dislodge and loosen the clot. The EKOS® procedure increases thrombus (blood clot) removal and clinical improvement compared to either standard catheter-directed thrombolysis (CDT) or thrombectomy. Additional benefits include:
- Speeds time-to-dissolution
- Lowers the risk of bleeding and other complications
- Provides more effective drug delivery and superior thrombus clearance
- Reduced procedure time