Angiography offers an advanced diagnosis and treatment for patients with disorders that affect the blood vessels and allows direct visualization of those structures. Radiographic contrast dye is injected through a thin, flexible catheter into the blood vessel, allowing the technician to view problematic areas. This diagnostic procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, using a light sedation to promote relaxation. The procedure typically takes 6-8 hours to complete.
CT Angiography: This modern diagnostic test combines the technology of a conventional CT scan with that of traditional angiography. It can assess blood vessels noninvasively and usually takes 10-15 minutes to complete. It can often resolve questions as well as the traditional angiogram, but with much less risk to the patient. The test can also detect additional problems outside of the vessel which would ordinarily be missed on a more invasive test.
Siemens Axiom Artis FA: This system has a flexible design for vascular and non-vascular diagnosis and interventions. The system performs peripheral angioplasty, stent placement, and embolization and offers immediate access to all relevant information concerning a patient's health.
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