One hundred patients with contraindications to the femoral approach were randomized to undergo diagnostic coronary angiography via percutaneous radial puncture or brachial artery cutdown. Procedure duration, fluoroscopy time, and total radiation dose were significantly less via the radial route, whereas procedural success, complication rates, and pain scores were comparable; we conclude that the radial technique should be the arm approach of choice for new trainees, although there will be occasions when radial access fails and a brachial approach is required.
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