A Coronarography or Heart Angiogram is a special heart test to assess heart arteries during the X-ray. Arteries are usually not visible on X-ray images. To see them, a special fluid is injected – called a radio opaque contrast.
A coronary angiogram is used most commonly in the diagnosis of coronary heart disease, rarely in other diseases. A Coronarography is performed not only in order to make a proper diagnosis, but mainly in order to plan surgical treatment: angioplasty or bypass. The procedure is associated with up to 12 hours stay and observation in the hospital. The cost of such procedure in eastern Europe, Turkey including hospitalization, medications and consumables around 1200 USD.