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The LAO view with a 15 to 30 degrees cranial angulation is an excellent
lays out the left main coronary artery
lays out the proximal left anterior descending
projects the origin and trunk of the ramus
intermediate and first diagonal downwards to avoid overlap by
the proximal circumflex.
The rotating animation on the left demonstrates the left coronary
artery in the 25 degrees CRANIAL projection with varying degrees of
LAO rotation (15, 30 and 45 degrees). Notice how each rotation differs
in its ability to display the origin of the Dx, OM, LPLA and LAD.
For example, there is severe overlap of the OM and LPLA branches in
the LAO 15 view but not in the LAO 50 projection, and even this may
differ from one patient to the next. Thus, there is no magical projection
that can be applied to all patients.
projections need to be tailored to fit a specific need. This is all
the more importance when one attempts to rule out disease in a specific
segment of a branch, or when tries to clear overlapping vessels during
a percutaneous coronary intervention.
NOTE: CRANIAL VIEWS
ARE BETTER FOR DISPLAYING THE Dx BRANCHES WHILE CAUDAL VIEWS ARE USUALLY
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