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ANGIOGRAPHY & CATHETERISATION

In modern medicine, the most accurate way to view the internal workings of the cardiovascular system is an X-ray angiogram. This procedure is done in a Catheterisation Laboratory (Cath Lab). Angiography is an X-ray procedure used to examine the blood vessels in your body with a special X-ray camera. Angiograms can be performed on the following areas – heart (cardiac), kidney (renal), lungs (pulmonary), brain (cerebral), and leg (femoral).

Cardiac Catheterisation is a medical procedure used to diagnose and treat certain heart conditions. A long, thin flexible tube called a catheter is put into a blood vessel in your arm, or groin (upper thigh) or neck and threaded to your heart. The catheter is smaller in diameter than the blood vessel into which it is inserted. Through the catheter, doctors can perform diagnostic tests and treatments to your heart. When the catheter is in place, a special dye will be injected through the catheter.

In the case of an angiogram, when the catheter is in place, a special dye is injected through the catheter. With the dye, the blood supply to the area appears darkened when recorded by the X-ray Camera and shown on the screen.  In this way, the angiogram allows the physician to see what the problems with your arteries might be.


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