Equipment used in diagnostic cardiac catheterizaiton
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Selection of Sheaths for Diagnostic Catheterization
Selection of Catheters Used for Diagnostic Angiography
Left and Right Judkins Catheters
- Constructed from polyethylene or polyurethane with a fine wire braid within the wall to allow advancement and directional control and to prevent kinking.
- The left Judkins catheter: This catheter is preshaped to allow entry into the left coronary ostium from the femoral approach with minimal catheter manipulation.
- A preformed left Judkins catheter can also be used from the left brachial or radial artery, but a catheter with 0.5 cm less curvature than required for the femoral approach is generally better suited for coronary cannulation.
- The right Judkins catheter: This catheter is shaped to permit entry into the right coronary artery (RCA) with a small amount of rotational catheter manipulation from any vascular approach.
Left and Right Amplatz
Amplatz catheters can be used for the femoral or brachial approach to coronary arteriography.