Definition of cholangiography in English:


Pronunciation /kōˌlanjēˈäɡrəfē/ /koʊˌlændʒiˈɑɡrəfi/


  • X-ray examination of the bile ducts, used to locate and identify an obstruction.

    ‘Before the widespread availability of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography was often used to delineate the biliary anatomy preoperatively.’
    • ‘Further imaging that may be done by a gastroenterologist or interventional radiologist includes endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography and percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography.’
    • ‘When necessary, colorful schematic illustrations and radiologic studies, including cholangiography, sonography, and computed tomography, have been added.’
    • ‘A doctor can confirm a diagnosis by cholangiography.’
    • ‘Percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography can also be performed to demonstrate the patency of the common bile duct.’


1930s coined in Spanish from Greek khole ‘bile’ + angeion ‘vessel’ + -graphia (see -graphy).