Transradial angiography a hot topic at SCAI 2013

05/30/2013 | Diagnostic & Interventional Cardiology magazine

The SCAI 2013 Scientific Sessions featured a number of topics pertaining to transradial coronary artery angiography, including the use of ultrasound for gaining radial access, outcomes and costs. Data suggest radial access may be preferable for peripheral procedures and safe for patients being treated with anti-coagulation, and the approach may benefit from new technology including sheathless guides. "Both faculty and attendees noted that increasing pressures for decreased cost and increased safety are strengthening the case for the radial artery approach as the access site of choice for many patients," writes SCAI fellow Dr. Jeffrey Schussler.

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