An angiogram is an X-ray test, which utilises dye for demonstrating the position and condition of the arteries. But the arteries remain invisible to the X-rays and therefore the angiogram procedure is the one that helps in detecting the arteries by filling them up with a dye. Generally, a consultant radiologist from the department of X-ray of a hospital performs angiograms. An angiogram is generally performed by giving local anaesthesia and intravenous sedation. In the angiogram procedure, a doctor is going to insert a small catheter into the artery in the arm or groin. With the help of fluoroscope, which is an x-ray, equipment meant for viewing the doctor then advances the catheter to the opening of coronary arteries. After that, a little amount of radiographic contrast is pushed into every single coronary artery and leads to an image, which is known as the angiogram. After the angiogram procedure, the doctor removes the catheter and the artery through which is sealed or manually compressed so that bleeding is prevented. The resultant image can precisely reveal if there are any blockages in the artery and to what extent. Normally the angiogram cost differs among various treatment options and in the case of coronary angiogram the cost would be about Rs.6500 whereas for CATH with an angiogram, it may be about Rs.5500.
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