Common Uses Of CT Angiogram

The CT angiogram is a procedure used to produce detailed images of both blood vessels and tissues. In this procedure, a contrast material (dye) that contains iodine is injected through a small catheter placed in a vein in the arm. The CT scan is then performed while the contrast material flows through the blood vessels to the various organs of the body. After the scan, the images will then be processed using a special computer and software. These images will then be reviewed in different planes and projections.

This medical imaging technique is used to examine blood vessels and the organs supplied by them in various body parts, including:

  • Brain
  • Abdomen (such as the kidneys and liver)
  • Pelvis
  • Legs
  • Lungs
  • Heart
  • Neck

Physicians also use this test to diagnose and evaluate many diseases of blood vessels and related conditions such as:

  • Injury
  • Aneurysms
  • blockages (including those from blood clots or plaques)
  • disorganized blood vessels and blood supply to tumors
  • congenital (birth related) abnormalities of the heart, blood vessels or various parts of the body which might be supplied by abnormal blood vessels

 

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