Transradial approach for selective cerebral angiography: technical note

Neurol Res. 2000 Sep;22(6):605-8. doi: 10.1080/01616412.2000.11740727.


Selective cerebral angiography is currently being performed using transfemoral and transbrachial approaches. However, these techniques require patients to tolerate a prolonged focal compression and sometimes cause serious complications such as pulmonary embolism. The authors describe a technique of transradial approach as a safer selective cerebral angiography. Between July 1997 and November 1998, 70 patients underwent selective cerebral angiography with a transradial approach using a 4-F catheter. The collateral blood supply to the hand from the ulnar artery was confirmed using Allen's test prior to the procedure. To prevent the mechanical spasm of the radial artery, an arterial introducer 20 cm long was used. The radial artery was successfully punctured and cannulated in all patients. Selective catheterization of the intended vessels was obtained in over 98% of the carotid angiography and over 95% of the vertebral angiography. No major vascular complications such as cerebral infarction, upper limb ischemia, significant local hematoma or pseudoaneurysm were experienced. The transradial approach is a less invasive and safer technique for selective cerebral angiography, and could be an alternative to transfemoral and transbrachial approaches.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Arteriosclerosis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Brachial Artery
  • Carotid Arteries / diagnostic imaging
  • Cerebral Angiography / methods*
  • Female
  • Femoral Artery
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Radial Artery
  • Retrospective Studies