What is an angiogram test for?

To see blood flow. To get a road MAP of the inside of an artery to see the blood flow to an organ.
To find blockages. It is a procedure that images the arteries of the heart by injecting dye into them, to find blockages in the vessels. It is done if someone has symptoms such as chest pain that may be due to poor blood flow. Technically, an angiogram is just the diagnostic study, i.e. The images. If a blockage exists, special catheters can be used at the same time to open it with balloons and stents.

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What does an angiogram test for?

Diagnostic Test. An angiogram is an invasive diagnostic test, perfomed in a catheterization laboratory using fluoroscopy (the x-ray) and an injected contrast dye. 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.
Invasive exam. It is a minimally invasive exam that evaluates blood vessels. There can be various indications for the exam and may be proceeded by noninvasive exams such as ct, MRI or ultrasound.

What does an inconclusive angiogram test mean?

Borderline. Not everythng is black or white. You could have a blockage in an artery which is not severe so that maybe it has nothing to do with your symptoms. The result then would be inconlusive. The test is not totally normal but the problem may not be severe enough to cause symptoms or require treatment.

What does a renal angiogram test for?

Renal Arteries. A renal angiogram is a diagnostic test in which contrast is injected through the renal arteries to allow the cardiologist to visualize the renal arteries looking for blockages and good blood flow.
Renal artery. This study is usually performed after a noninvasive test such as ct or MRI shows a possible narrowing in the renal artery. The angiogram will confirm the finding and treatment with stent or angioplasty usually is done. A narrowed renal artery can cause high blood pressure (not a common cause). Opening of the vessel can potential correct this.