Computed tomographic angiography of the peripheral vasculature--role and applications in vascular surgery

G. Szendro, D. Lumelsky, A. Klimov, I. Faingersh

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    Abstract

    Computed tomographic angiography (CTA) is a relatively new diagnostic modality in the field of vascular surgery. Despite being new it has already been introduced into a wide range of diagnostic applications in this field and in many cases it can precede or replace the conventional intra-arterial angiography. During a 12 month period between 1.8.98 and 1.8.99 sixty five peripheral arterial imaging scans were performed using a CT Twin--2 helical scanner (Spiral Twin Flash., Elscint, Israel) with a 100% technical success rate and no complications at all. Twelve patients (18.5%) were operated upon and 20 (30.7%) underwent endovascular procedures with full intra-procedural agreement with the pre-operative or pre-procedure CTA findings. Despite possible pitfalls and a few disadvantages the technique carries major benefits and significant advantages to both the patient and the clinician. Therefore we recommend considering CTA as a first line diagnostic modality whenever peripheral vasculature has to be demonstrated whether electively or urgently and to spare the conventional angiography for selected cases only.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)306-310, 367
    JournalHarefuah
    Volume140
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - 1 Jan 2001

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Medicine

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