Intraarterial digital subtraction angiography (DSA) was performed in 133 diagnostic arteriographic procedures during a 10-month period. The increased contrast resolution of DSA permitted the use of a dilute (15%) contrast material. A significant reduction in contrast material dose compared with conventional film-screen arteriography and intravenous DSA was thus achieved. This was especially advantageous in patients with diminished renal function. The dilute contrast material also resulted in less patient discomfort. Subtracted images were available immediately on cathode ray tube display, resulting in faster procedures, and a considerable saving in film cost compared with conventional arteriography. It is concluded that intraarterial DSA is a useful technique that may replace conventional film-screen arteriography in many applications.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging