Understanding Angiography: A Comprehensive Guide
A medical imaging method called angiography has completely changed how doctors identify and manage a wide range of vascular and cardiovascular diseases. With any luck, this thorough guide will help you better understand the complicated nature of angiography a vital medical treatment.
- Catheter Angiography: This is the most common method. A catheter is threaded through the vascular system to the location of interest after being put into an artery or vein, often in the groin. Real-time X-ray pictures are taken after the catheter is used to inject contrast dye.
- CT Angiography: After injecting contrast material into a vein, a computed tomography (CT) scanner is used to provide precise cross-sectional pictures of blood arteries.
- MRI Angiography: Without the need for X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may provide incredibly detailed pictures of blood arteries. You can apply contrast material to improve visibility.
- Digital Subtraction Angiography (DSA): a specific kind of X-ray where blood vessel visibility is improved by digitally subtracting pictures of bone and tissue.
- Coronary Artery Disease: To identify blockages and assess coronary artery blood flow.
- Aneurysms: To assess the location and size of these weak spots in the walls of blood vessels.
- Peripheral Vascular Disease: To locate constricted and blocked sections of the peripheral arteries, frequently in the legs.
- Stroke: To identify and evaluate anomalies in the blood arteries of the brain.
- Pulmonary Embolism: Finding blood clots in the pulmonary arteries is the goal of pulmonary embolism.
- Kidney Artery Disease: Diagnosing blockages or narrowing of the arteries supplying the kidneys is known as renal artery disease.