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ICD-9-CM 88.50-88.58
MeSH D000790

Angiocardiography is a technique for radiographic examination of the heart chambers and thoracic veins and arteries. A liquid radiocontrast agent, typically containing iodine, is injected into the bloodstream, then the tissues are examined using X-rays.[1] To avoid dilution, the radiopaque material is typically introduced with a catheter, a process known as selective angiocardiography. The X-ray image is normally captured on high speed serial media that allows the motion to be observed, such as 35mm film.[2] The process requires fasting before the test, with a sedative and an antihistamine being administered before the test.[3]

Angiocardiography can be used to detect and diagnose congenital defects in the heart and adjacent vessels.[3] The use of angiocardiography has declined with the introduction of echocardiography. However, angiocardiography is still in use for selected cases as it provides a higher level of anatomical detail than echocardiography.[4][5]


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  5. ^ Donoghue, Veronica (2002). Radiological imaging of the neonatal chest. Medical radiology. Springer. p. 121. ISBN 3-540-66703-2.