An angiogram is a study of the blood vessels using a type of X-ray called fluoroscopy. A contrast media (X-ray dye) is injected into the blood vessels to enable detailed X-ray images to be obtained.
An angiogram usually takes 60 to 90 minutes. A specially-trained doctor will perform the procedure along with the help of our Interventional Radiology team. You will remain in the hospital for observation after your test for at least six hours. Some patients may remain overnight depending upon the type of exam. Make arrangements for a friend or family member to drive you home and stay with you overnight.
When you arrive in the Interventional Radiology Suite, the doctor or nurse will explain the procedure and answer your questions. During the procedure, the nurse will monitor your heart rhythm, blood pressure and pulse.
An area of your groin will be shaved and cleaned. The physician will place some numbing medication on the skin which may sting slightly. The physician will then place a soft, hollow plastic tube into the artery of the groin. Once this tube is in place, contrast (X-ray dye) will be injected into your blood vessels so they can be studied. During the exam you will be positioned so that several views of your blood vessels can be obtained.
You may feel a bee sting when the doctor numbs the entry site. Except for our talking with the patient, most patients are unaware that the procedure is taking place.
The tube in your groin will be removed. The technologist will hold pressure to the site for about 15 minutes. You will then rest in bed for the next six hours. Your leg will remain straight during this time. Some patients may need to remain overnight.
You will be able to get back to your normal activity the next day.
The doctor will be able to talk with you after the procedure, but will go into more detail during your office follow-up appointment.
After reading about the Angiogram procedure, patients should read more about the specific procedure they are having.