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Ct vs cath: In simplest terms the ct angiogram would be safer than a coronary angiogram, however, they are usually used in different circumstances. The ct angiogram is useful as a screening tool to see if coronary disease is present. A cardiac catheterization is performed when a patient has an acute coronary syndrome or a myocardial infarction to evaluate coronary disease, or even treated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Both safe: Both also have risks such as radiation and contrast usage. Coronary arteriography has small bleeding risk at puncture site. Need to get the right test for your problem. Coronary arteriography is the gold standard. ...Read more
CTA: Cardiac computed tomographic angiograpy is performed to try and diagnose cardiac anatomy and pathology. It doesn't diagnose everything but can provide very useful information that often yield a diagnosis if the study is ordered appropriately. ...Read more
CT angiogram: It is being done much more often when it is necessary to visualize blood vessels (for example to see if there's a blockage). There is some radiation involved but it is considered much less "invasive" and has less complications than the regular type of "angiogram", where blood vessels are visualized by inserting thin tubes called catheters directly into them to inject a dye. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Doppler Ultrasound: Ultrasound has proven to be cost-effective and quite accurate in determining the degree of narrowing in the carotid artery. Many vascular surgeons, including myself, solely rely on it to decide whether someone needs an operation. Mra is not so good and over-estimates the actual degree of narrowing. I would not rely on its findings to decide on operating. As mentioned a cta is much better. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
CTA: It is an intravenous contrast-enhanced CT scan with technical parameters that optimize detailed visualization of the arterial system. 3D and multiplanar data reconstructions can produce images that look similar to standard catheter angiography. From a patient's point of view, the scanning experience won't be much different from getting a standard CT scan with contrast. ...Read more
Carotid doppler showed 50% bilateral blockage, mr angiogram was negative. Which is more accurate?
Debatable: Few vascular surgeons make decisions on carotid artery stenosis based on mr, as carotid doppler (ultrasound) has been proven to be very reliable when a good technologist performs the study. From what you're describing, your carotid arteries are likely without disease as the reporting standards for ultrasound haven't quite been set. In my lab you'd likely be found to have no disease at all. ...Read more
Which procedure is more useful to detect artery blockage, angiography, CT angiogram, or cardiac catheterization and why?
It depends: On regular contrast-enhanced ct exams, cardiac abnormalities including masses or thrombus can be detected, but little information regarding the coronary arteries can be obtained. On a dedicated coronary ct exam with contrast (ekg gated), the coronary arteries can be evaluated for narrowing or blockages. This is usually not possible on regular ct exams due to motion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
MRS or MRI: MRI is magnetic resonance imaging a type of medical imaging MRS is MR spectroscopy a rarer medical type of exam based on the science behind MRIs in part aimed at either parts of the brain or perhaps skeletal muscle to evaluate metabolism at times....both would be done in an MRI facility. when developed the nuclear part of both was dropped so as to not scare people about it.... ...Read more
Is magnetic resonance venography without contrast as accurate as mrv w/ contrast? Is mrv good accurate for distal clots?
MRV advantages: "Contrast media-enhanced MRV, however, is more reproducible and less susceptible to artifacts." "...MRV to have both high sensitivity (range, 87.5%–94.5%; pooled sensitivity, 92%) and specificity (range, 92.6%–96.5%; pooled sensitivity, 95%)" http://www.guideline.gov/content.aspx?id=47686 Advantages: deep calf, abdominal, and pelvic vein imaging. can show source of compression ie. source. ...Read more
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