Three-dimensional MDCT angiography can be used in place of conventional angiography to image the extremities in nearly any case where conventional angiography is indicated, a new study suggests.
The study included 40 patients who underwent extremity MDCT angiography for a wide range of diseases, including traumatic injuries, musculoskeletal masses, and atherosclerotic disease, said lead author Dr. Musturay Karcaaltincaba of Hacettepe University School of Medicine in Ankara, Turkey. Diagnostic images were obtained in all patients, said Dr. Karcaaltincaba.
"There are a number of advantages of MDCT angiography – the study can be completed within minutes; it does not require sedation and arterial catheterization. Patients can go home right after the procedure. In addition, newer MDCT systems require a lower dose of contrast media, said Dr. Karcaaltincaba.
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