A catheterization laboratory or cath lab is an examination room in a hospital or clinic with diagnostic imaging equipment used to support the catheterization procedure.
The cath lab is a sterile area, so everyone in the room will wear gowns, masks, and caps. The doctor and assistants actually performing the procedure will also wear sterile gloves. A large X-ray camera will be above the table to take pictures of the procedure.
Your doctor may schedule you for a cardiac catheterization if you have recently had one or more
episodes of cardiac symptoms such as, but not limited to, the following:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- A combination of any of these symptoms