What is a Carbon Dioxide Angiogram
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Carbon Dioxide






What is a Carbon Dioxide Angiogram

A carbon dioxide angiogram is uses carbon dioxide as an alternative to contrast material during an angiogram procedure. 

The carbon dioxide enhances the appearance of the blood vessel on the CT scan, providing for enhanced visualization of the vessel being studied.

Carbon dioxide angiograms are beneficial because they do not have the side effects of kidney damage or allergic reaction that may be seen with contrast-enhanced angiograms.  Carbon dioxide angiograms are thus used mainly with patients that have had a previous allergic reaction to contrast material and patients with poor kidney function. 

The primary disadvantage of carbon dioxide angiograms is that they do not provide the level of detail that is seen with contrast-enhanced angiograms.




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