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Why is an angiogram performed?

Why is an angiogram performed?

Diagnosis: An angiogram is an invasive diagnostic test, perfomed in a catheterization laboratory using fluoroscopy (the x-ray) and an injected contrast dye to evaluate the vasular system. It is possible to perform angiograms for different parts of the body, such as the left and/or right heart, the aorta, selective veins such as the subclavian, the renal artery and peripheral angiograms (the limbs) as well. ...Read more

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Angiogram (Definition)

An angiogram is a picture of the inside of ones blood vessel (vein or artery) created by injecting a clear liquid (radiopaque dye) which appears to be white (or ...Read more


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How is an angiogram performed?

How is an angiogram performed?

Invasive exam: A needle is used to blood vessel in the groin or arm. This is used as access site to other blood vessels with a catheter. ...Read more

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How long does an angiogram take to perform?

How long does an angiogram take to perform?

Variiable: It all depends on which vessels and the problems detected. Some vessels can be difficult to enter. ...Read more

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How is a renal angiogram performed?

How is a renal angiogram performed?

Invasive examination: A renal angiogram is a minimally invasive examination. The doctor will likely enter the artery located in the right groin initially with a small needle and then change that for a plastic tube. A catheter (small plastic tube) is then advanced into the aorta and then selectively into the renal artery. A small amount of dye is then injected. Us, ct or MRI usually done before this test. ...Read more

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I am getting an angiogram, but the hospital can't perform an angioplasty, if needed. Is it better to change to a hospital where they do both?

I am getting an angiogram, but the hospital can't perform an angioplasty, if needed.  Is it better to change to a hospital where they do both?

Yes: If there is a blockage is found during angiogram, it can often be treated during the same procedure, with angioplasty and/or stent placement. This can eliminate the necessity of a second procedure. There are risks associated with the procedure which you should understand prior to proceeding. ...Read more

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How often, for patients with coronary blockages, are angiograms performed without stents?

How often, for patients with coronary blockages, are angiograms performed without stents?

Stents: In general angiography should be done because patients have unacceptable symptoms on good medical therapy. In these situations stenting is often the result of the test. If the test is done in a patient without symptoms then stenting may be inappropriate. ...Read more

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Is it typical for a venogram of the leg to be performed at the same time as an angiogram?

Vascular studies: It is not uncommon to do venous and arterial studies at the same time. ...Read more

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Are magnetic resonance angiogram and venogram usually performed with the posterior view or anterior? Does it depend on symptoms and site of symptoms?

Are magnetic resonance angiogram and venogram usually performed with the posterior view or anterior? Does it depend on symptoms and site of symptoms?

Cross sections of: body which are reconstructed in software to show any of multiple views, depending on machine, software, technician & radiologist chosen protocols. Symptoms & site of symptoms are not a driving factor in how the scan is performed. These issues are dictated by body anatomy & the construction of the scanning hardware. ...Read more

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What would be the cause for the medical team that is caring for my 2 year old sons hypertension to make the decision to wait until he doubles in size to perform an angiogram ?

Angiogram: I presume they want to do a renal angiogram. In any event, this requires some IV contrast to be given. The angiogram is a bit of a complex procedure done under a special xray device that requires the patient to be still. A 2 yo would require significant sedation/light general anesthesia usually monitored by an anesthesiologist. All of the above has risks the younger the patient. Wait if possible. ...Read more

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How often should I perform a head MRI as a cancer prevency? I had it done 2 years ago (with angiogram) because of my migraines and everything was ok.

How often should I perform a head MRI as a cancer prevency?
I had it done 2 years ago (with angiogram) because of my migraines and everything was ok.

Ecclesiastes 3:11-15 Genesis 3:22-24 Psalm 90:1-12 John 4:3-26 You shouldn't: MRI is used in migraines to rule out serious conditions as the cause of new headaches. Once that has been established unless there is a major change in the type of headache or a headache that will not stop it is not indicated to do repeat MRI's. They are not used to screen for cancer. Screening is used for non symptomatic people at higher risk, which is not your situation now. Good health. ...Read more

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