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Digital coronary roadmapping as an aid for performing coronary angioplasty.


In an attempt to improve visualization of the position of the guidewire and dilatation balloon during coronary angioplasty, a method was developed called digital coronary roadmapping. With this method a digitally acquired coronary angiogram is interlaced with the live fluoroscopic image of the guidewire and balloon catheter. The digital coronary angiogram is superimposed at the same magnification and radiologic projection as the live fluoroscopic image onto the video monitor above the catheterization table. The digital roadmap image thus provides immediate feedback to the angiographer to assist in directing the guidewire into the appropriate coronary artery branch and to help in placement of the balloon so that it straddles the site of stenosis.

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