Angiography is an examination and is the method used to visualize the vessels. It is named according to the vessel to be displayed. If the heart vessels are visualized, it is called coronary angiography, if the carotid artery (carotid artery) is visualized, it is called carotid angiography. In the same way, imaging of the vessels going to the brain, kidneys, intra-abdominal, arm and leg vessels is also within the scope of angiography. Angiographic procedures are percutaneous interventions, not surgery. Angiography is a diagnostic method, not a treatment.
How is it done?
It is done by the doctor with the help of experienced nurses and technicians in the laboratories that we call semi-sterile, where the angiography device is located. It is done on the wrist, groin or rarely forearm and armpit. After the necessary sterilization is achieved, the area where the angiography will be performed is locally anesthetized with a small needle tip. After the vessel is found, a sheath is placed inside. Its thickness is 2 mm. The tubules are advanced through the sheath to reach the target vein. After a special drug is given, images are taken using x-rays. The treatment is decided according to the result. A decision is made about drug therapy, stenting or surgery. If stenting is decided, it is continued in the same session. This process takes 15 minutes.