Preclinical Catheterization Core

Core Manager: Daryl Schulz

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At Houston Methodist, specialists at the Preclinical Catheterization Core Laboratory offer investigators and industry a state-of-the-art environment to train physicians, nurses and technologists in the use of medical devices in preclinical or inanimate models. Our laboratory is equipped with a Siemens Axiom Artis fluoroscopic C-arm capable of producing computerized-tomography-like images known as Dyna-CT®; these images can then be transferred to the Siemens Syngo® workstation to produce 3-D images. The 3-D image can be used for subtracted and unsubtracted contrast injected angiography, as well as bone radiography. Our fluoroscopic unit is equipped with a large flat panel detector that provides larger images during acquisitions that are typically used in peripheral angiography. The core also has a conference room for didactic training sessions, and a large control room for viewing procedures out of the field of radiation.


  • Cardiac and peripheral interventions
  • Radiofrequency and laser ablations
  • Pacemaker implants
  • Electrophysiology studies
  • Endovascular interventions
  • Robotic catheter studies 


  • Hansen robotic catheter
  • Transseptal puncture
  • Cardiac and peripheral intervention
  • Chronic total occlusion intervention
  • Carotid stent implantation with distal filter protection
  • Epicardial puncture