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Common Types of Angiography

Common Types of Angiography


Area to Be Evaluated


Blood vessels of the heart

To determine the severity of a heart disorder

To identify the cause of chest pain, shortness of breath, or certain other symptoms

To clarify the specific structure of a person’s heart before heart valve replacement surgery



To check for the following:

Cerebral angiography

Blood vessels of the brain

To check for the following:

Blood vessels of the eye

To evaluate the retina before laser therapy

Peripheral arteriography

Arteries of the arms, legs, and trunk, except the aorta and arteries of the heart

To check for the following:

Pulmonary angiography*

Blood vessels of the lungs

CT = computed tomography.