Angiogram

The technique for an angiogram was developed in 1927 by a Portuguese physician named Egas Moniz, who specialized in neurology. He developed a cerebral version of angiography, and used it to diagnose tumors, artery disease, and a condition called arteriovenous malformation, which involves an abnormal connection between arteries and veins, causing your body’s capillary system to remain unused

Have you ever wondered about a way to tae photos of the way your blood flows through your arteries and veins? An angiogram is a digital imaging technique used by physicians to look at the arteries and veins almost anywhere in your body; usually, they are used to look at the veins and arteries in your head, arms, legs, chest, back, or belly.  An angiogram is the result of a digital imaging technique called angiography, or arteriography. The word angiography stems from a combination of the Greek “angeion” (vessel) and “graphein” (to write or record).

Angiogram md top10mdAn angiogram shows you the inside of your blood vessels (arteries, veins) and organs. Even the inside of your heart chambers can be viewed. The different types of angiograms are:

During an angiogram, a thin catheter is placed in one of two blood vessels: either your femoral artery, which is in your groin or your brachial artery just above your elbow. The catheter is guided to whichever area of your body is being studied. An iodine contrast dye is injected into the vessel to make it show up clearly on an X-ray. The photos can be stored digitally, or printed into regular X-ray films.

Angiograms can give your doctor access to a wide range of information about your body. Depending on the location and purpose of your angiogram, your doctor will be able to recognize the following:

Preparation

Take a pregnancy test to make sure you know whether you are pregnant or not. If you are breastfeeding, use formula and throw away your breastmilk for one or two days after your angiogram until the dye passes from your body (about 24 hours). Do not eat or drink for 4 to 8 hours before your angiogram. Taking aspirin or blood thinners is not recommended.

Before you can get an angiogram, your doctor will need to know the following information, and will likely ask you the following types of questions:

You will not need much time to recover after an angiogram, if you do need to stay overnight in the hospital, you will most likely be able to go home the very next day. Talk with your doctor about the type of angiograms you might need.

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