What is an Abdominal Angiogram ?
Your doctor will thread a small, hollow tube, called a catheter, through the arteries suspected of having the narrowing or blockage. The tube will be hooked to an injector that injects X-ray dye. Once the X-ray pictures show where the blockages are, your doctor will be able to tell the best way to open the blocked blood vessels. This should stop the pain and reduce the risk of blood clots.
Why might I need an Abdominal Angiogram ?
An Abdominal Angiogram will check for the following:
Weak, stretched or enlarged portion of a blood vessel (aneurysm)
Narrowing of a blood vessel (stenosis) that may cause leg pain with walking.
It may be used to check blood flow to the organs of the abdomen, such as the liver, kidneys and spleen
How to prepare:
DO NOT eat or drink anything after 12AM the night before your test, except for your normal medications.
DO NOT take your morning medications, but bring them to the hospital with you. Bring a list of all your medications with you to the hospital.
Ask a family member or friend to bring you to the hospital and take you home. You will not be allowed to drive.