What is radial angiography?

Like angioplasty, radial angiography uses a long, thin tube (catheter) to carry tiny devices to the heart for diagnosis or treatment of cardiovascular conditions. The primary difference compared to standard angioplasty is that the catheter is inserted and threaded to the heart from a “radial artery” in the wrist.


When is radial angiography recommended?

Radial angiography is not as widely available as standard catheterization procedures. But when it is available, as it is at Meadows Health Cardiology, it is often recommended because it may produce less discomfort and a shorter recovery time compared to the standard procedure.


What is the procedure for radial angiography?

A cardiac specialist inserts the catheter into a radial artery in the wrist and threads it up to the heart. Depending on the device attached to the end of the catheter, the procedure may be used to capture images, measure blood flow or blood pressure, take a blood or tissue sample, or perform a treatment like angioplasty.


What are the results of radial angiography?

Radial angiography can be used to gather any of the information or perform any of the treatments traditionally done through cardiac catheterization or angioplasty. The procedure may offer a lower risk of bleeding or other complications compared to standard procedures.