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Atherectomy
A procedure done in a cardiac catheterization lab, an atherectomy uses a catheter with a rotary cutter head to remove atherosclerotic plaque from an artery. There are three types of atherectomies: rotational, directional, and transluminal extraction.

Atherectomy using rotary cutter

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