An arteriogram is a test that allows a doctor to see the arteries on an X-ray. A contrast dye is injected into the arteries to make them visible. The test makes images that can be used to diagnose and treat problems in the arteries.
An arteriogram is done to check the arteries for narrowing, bulging, or blockages. These could be signs of disease.
This test could be done to diagnose conditions such as:
Sometimes, the doctor may treat problems found during the arteriogram. The doctor may dissolve a clot or do angioplasty with or without stenting.
Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will review potential problems, like:
Prior to Procedure
At your appointment before the test, your doctor will likely:
In the days before your procedure, you will need to:
Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your procedure.
You will have an IV placed in your arm to give you medications. These medications will make you feel sleepy and comfortable.
Description of the Procedure
For this procedure, you will have a catheter placed in your groin or elbow so that the doctor can inject the contrast dye. The skin where the catheter will be placed will be cleaned. The doctor will make a tiny cut. The doctor will then insert a hollow needle into the artery. A thin wire will be placed into the artery. The catheter will be threaded over the wire, and the wire will be removed. The doctor will use the catheter to inject a contrast dye into your artery. The dye may cause you to feel warm or flushed for a few moments. The doctor will take X-rays to see how the contrast dye is moving through your arteries. You will need to lie still to prevent blurry images.
How Long Will It Take?
About one hour.
Will It Hurt?
Although the procedure is not painful, you may feel:
After the test, the catheter will be removed. The IV will also be removed from your arm.
Immediately following the procedure:
You will need to be monitored for about six hours. The doctor or a nurse may press on the insertion site for 10 to 20 minutes to stop the bleeding. You will need to keep the arm or leg where the catheter was inserted straight. This will minimize bleeding. You will be encouraged to drink a lot of fluids to flush the contrast material from your system.
When you return home, take these steps:
Call your doctor if any of these occurs:
If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.
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