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Angiography is to X-ray as a global positioning system is to an old-fashioned atlas. Angiography rooms at UC San Digo Medical Centers in Hillcrest and La Jolla are the first systems of this type in San Diego County.
Angiography is a high-tech technique in which a dye is injected into a blood vessel and X-rayed to provide a clear, detailed image of the vessel’s anatomy. Unlike standard X-ray or a standard angiographic room which would illuminate a flat, one dimensional image of the vessel, the computerized system allows interventional radiologists to see the vessel in a variety of dimensions and from different angles.
This sophisticated level of imaging is critical for diagnosing and treating vascular disorders, and for performing complex interventional vessel procedures such as opening blockages in arteries and veins using angioplasty and stents; treating bile duct problems, liver, kidneys and other organs.
Interventional radiologists also use angiography to place catheters directly into tumors (allowing direct injection of chemotherapy into the tumor), and for cutting off blood flow to fibroids and aneurysms. In patients with internal bleeding, angiography can be used to guide catheter placement to block off the bleeding vessels. To prevent dangerous pulmonary blood clots from coursing through a patient’s body and lodging in the lung, the system guides placement of filters into vessels to catch the clots.
Vascular - Interventional DivisionUC San Diego Medical Center200 West Arbor DriveSan Diego, CA 619-471-0320
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