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what is the difference between an angiogram and an angioplasty?

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Dr. Bradley Thomas
18 years experience Vascular Surgery
Treatment: An angiogram is the diagnostic portion of a procedure in which contrast is injected into an artery to assess it for disease. Once you decide to treat the problem with a balloon then the procedure becomes an angioplasty.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
Dr. Eric Chen
Dr. Eric Chen answered
10 years experience Radiology
Difference: Angiogram is a study to see the blood vessels. Angioplasty is a procedure to widen the vessels with a balloon.
Answered on Nov 11, 2014
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