Coronary Angiography Principles and Catheters

Coronary angiography is the definitive “gold standard” clinical technique for evaluating coronary anatomy in many patients. It provides accurate information regarding the location and severity of coronary disease, anomalies, and correlation with clinical syndromes. With the advancement of radial access, coronary angiography can be done with very low complications rates while still providing accurate information. The laboratory and catheters provide a platform for coronary intervention and revascularization. In this lesson, we will review the principles of coronary angiography and review the catheters that are commonly used.

You will learn:

  • To itemize the clinical findings that can be learned from coronary angiography
  • To describe the limitations inherent in coronary angiography
  • To discuss the role of coronary angiography in clinical settings
  • To list the various contrast agents and their side-effects
  • To apply knowledge of coronary catheters to various anatomic situations

Author(s): Michael Ragosta III, MD

Estimated time to complete: 30 minutes

Credit hours: .5

Method and Medium: Learners participate in the interactive learning modules by correctly answering multiple choice questions dispersed throughout. Learners will be prompted to try again if a question is answered incorrectly.

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