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Angiogram of a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)

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Courtesy of Intermountain Medical Imaging, Boise, Idaho.

Figure 1 shows an angiogram (a type of X-ray) of a normal neck artery (carotid artery) with smooth walls. Figure 2 shows a narrowed carotid artery with ulcerated plaque (the surface of the plaque is irregular and broken) that is the source of clots. The clots travel to the brain and cause TIA symptoms.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Richard D. Zorowitz, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Last Revised September 19, 2011

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Last Updated: September 19, 2011
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