An arteriogram is a diagnostic test that allows your doctor to look at your arteries with an X-ray machine and contrast dye to highlight your arteries. Our experts also use aortograms to look specifically at the aorta. 

The Arteriogram Procedure 

Arteriograms are performed under local anesthetic. (You stay awake but feel minimal discomfort.) You may also receive an intravenous fluid, an IV, to remain hydrated and receive medication. A vascular surgeon then inserts a small needle in your groin and uses a device called a catheter (ultra-thin, spaghetti-like tube) to access your arteries and see them on a special X-ray machine. Once the doctor reaches the blockage site, contrast dye is added to see your blood flow in that area and take X-ray images.

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Last Updated: 08-18-2016
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