An angiogram uses X-rays and a special dye (contrast) to take pictures of the arteries in your brain, heart, and kidneys.
The dye is injected into a small tube or catheter into an artery in your groin or (sometimes) your arm. The small tube is inserted after an injection of local anaesthetic around the artery. Sometimes intravenous sedation is given. After the dye is injected, pictures are taken using an X-ray machine.
Benefits associated with an angiogram
- Used for diagnosis to show very detailed pictures of the arteries inside your brain, heart and kidneys
- Can be used to show blockages in your arteries