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Short description: Medical technique for visualizing the interior of blood vessels
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Angioscopy is a medical technique for visualizing the interior of blood vessels. In this technique, a flexible fibre bundle endoscope catheter is inserted directly into an artery. [1] It can be helpful in diagnosing (e.g., arterial embolism).[2] Angioscopy is also used as an adjunctive procedure during vascular bypass to visualize valves within venous conduits. The instrument used to perform angioscopy is called as angioscope. Scanning Fiber Endoscope (SFE) is an emerging technology which provides much higher resolution imaging, whilst maintaining a small form factor and flexibility.[1]

Coronary artery angioscopy, which first was used to reveal the presence of a blood clot in the coronary arteries of patients with unstable angina and myocardial infarction,[3] is now widely used in catherization laboratories to visualize stents.


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  2. MDGuidelines > Arterial Embolism And Thrombosis From The Medical Disability Advisor by Presley Reed, MD. Retrieved on April 30, 2010
  3. "A perspective of coronary disease seen through the arteries of living man". Circulation 75 (3): 505–13. 1987. doi:10.1161/01.cir.75.3.505. PMID 3815762.