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Angio: If you have already discussed the risks/benefits of the procedure, and you and your team have concluded that this test is appropriate for your clinical situation, there is not much to do other than go for the appointment. They will probably tell you to take nothing by mouth after midnight, but other than that there is no prep on your part necessary. If you still have concerns, call your doc. ...Read more
Does Cerebal Angiogram and MRI angiography both have same accuracy to detect a AVM? I perfer to have less invasive MRI Angiography.
Almost: A conventional cerebral angiogram is still considered the gold standard, but there is about a 1% chance of stroke from the procedure, plus other risks from needing to enter an artery. There is an advantage that if you have a treatable lesion, they can do a procedure during the angiogram. Otherwise, I almost always recommend the MR-angiogram or CT-angiogram because there is almost no risk. ...Read more
Cards or vascular: Angio refers to vessel so could be any vessel, but most frequently refers to coronary (heart) vessels, therefore cardiologist usually performs. Other common vessels include aortic and femoral / iliac vessels, carotids, renal arteries and mesenteric vessels. These vessels are often imaged by interventional radiologists or vascular surgeons. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not risk-free: When done by a well trained/experienced physician, it should be a safe procedure however that does not mean that it is free of risk. If determined to be necessary, the benefits of the test should outweigh the risks. The physician performing the test should discuss risks and benefits with the patient prior to angiography. ...Read more