What Is a Coronary Angiogram?

Simply described, an angiogram is a picture of an artery.  To capture the image the blood needs to be replaced with x-ray dye to make it visible to x-rays.  There are two ways in which these images can be obtained.

  • Cardiac Cath –  direct injection of x-ray dye into the coronary arteries.
  • CT Coronary Angiography – indirect injection of x-ray dye with CT imaging

Read more about these two options of Cardiac Cath and CTCA.

Related Conditions and Procedures

What is Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)?

OCT images the coronary arteries using high-definition light images

What Is Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS)?

IVUS images the coronary arteries using high-definition ultrasound images

What Is Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR)?

Fractional Flow Reserve measures the pressure beyond a coronary blockage to assess the severity.

What Is Coronary Artery Disease?

Coronary artery disease is the process that causes blockages in the coronary arteries