Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory

Description of Services

The Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory is a modern, technologically advanced facility where approximately 800 catheterization procedures are performed each year. It includes two Cath Lab Suites, one with hybrid capability. The equipment consists of state of the art biplane imaging, which provides excellent quality with a minimal amount of X-ray exposure for patients and medical personnel.

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory

  • Performs approximately 800 catheterization procedures each year
  • Performs more than 250 interventional catheterizations each year
  • Performs complete diagnostic and therapeutic electrophysiologic studies, including radio frequency ablations

Catheterization procedures performed in the lab include:

  • Surveillance biopsies for heart transplant recipients and patients with cardiomyopathies
  • Diagnostic cardiac catheterizations , including pulmonary hypertension studies
  • Therapeutic or interventional cardiac catheterizations
  • Hybrid procedures (combined procedures with CardioThoracic Surgery)
  • Electrophysiologic studies, including diagnostic evaluation and ablations (radiofrequency and cryoablation)

About 250 interventional catheterizations are performed each year, including:

  • Balloon valvuloplasties for stenotic valves
  • Creation of cardiac communications such as atrial defects (balloon septostomies, Fontan fenestrations, transeptal punctures)
  • Balloon angioplasties for stenotic vessels, such as pulmonary arteries, coarctation of aorta, systemic veins and pulmonary veins- Including use of novel technology such as cutting balloons, ultra high pressure balloons and others.
  • Placement of intravascular stents
  • Coil or device embolization of the patent ductus arteriosus, collateral vessels and coronary fistulas
  • Device closure of intracardiac defects such as ASD, PFO, Fontan fenestration or VSD
  • Radiofrequency perforation of occluded cardiac valves or occluded vessels
  • Implantation of transcatheter cardiac valves
  • Transcatheter thrombectomy and recannulization of occluded vessels

The Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh has been for several years active participant in national quality initiatives such as the IMPACT NCDR registry and C3PO. In addition, the program has been pioneer in embracing novel catheter technologies for the care of patients with congenital heart defects.

Referral Requirements

To make a referral for cardiac catheterization, please call 412-692-5540.



  • Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory

    Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
    4401 Penn Avenue
    Floor 4
    Pittsburgh, PA 15224