Angiography, or arteriogram, is a special x-ray of the blood vessels. The radiologist is a physician that specializes in x-ray procedures. He/she will put a needle into the artery or vein in your groin and place a small tube inside.
Through this tube, or catheter, we will be able to inject contrast (dye) right at the location of your doctor wants to see the blood vessel. This allows the Radiologist to see any blockages or damage to arteries or veins and take pictures of your arteries. You may be given breathing instructions or asked to be very still while the x-rays are taken.
After the procedure, the radiologist will remove the small tube and hold pressure on your groin to close the small hole that was made. This will help prevent bleeding. You will rest in bed for 6 hours after the procedure. A sandbag may be placed on your leg and will remain there for 2 hours. When the sandbag comes off, you will be able to elevate your head, but you must remain in bed for the 4 additional hours. That means NO weight bearing for 6 hours. The radiologist may give you a preliminary report after your study; however, your physician will talk about the results with you. The pictures will be available for your physician to look at anytime after the study, but the final report will be put on your chart later in the day.
Angiography Department is open from 7:00 am until 3:30 pm. On-call personel are available for emergency situations.
To schedule an appointment, please call our dedicated
Radiology Scheduling Department at 205-592-1489 - Option #1