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What is angiography and stenting?

Angiography and stenting describes procedures to locate narrowed blood vessels and prop them open. During angiography a dye is placed in the arteries or veins in order to visualize them more clearly using x-rays, computed tomography (CT) scans or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This can occur anywhere in the body if there is a concern blood is not flowing properly. Stenting is a procedure done when an angiography shows that a blood vessel is narrowed. A stent is placed to prop open the blood vessel to keep blood flowing smoothly.

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