Published: May 16, 2007
Updated: Aug. 22, 2011
Angiography is a study in which contrast material is injected into blood vessels for doctors to learn information about the blood vessels.
Angiography is ordered to determine anatomy of blood vessels, to find out if blood vessels are diseased, and to find out if medications or surgery may be of help to a patient.
Angiography is done in the radiology department in Duke University Hospital.
Someone must come with you to drive you home.
The patient will put on a hospital gown and lye on a table. An IV will be started.
Medication will be given through the IV to make the patient comfortable and sleepy. The area where the catheter will be placed into an artery for x-ray dye injection (usually the groin) will be shaved and washed off. The catheter will be put into the artery for the angiography. Pictures of the arteries will be taken with a big round camera that is close to the patient’s body.
The procedure can be painful but medications given to the patients vein block the pain and make the patient comfortable. If the patient is experiencing some discomfort, the nurse administers more medication.
The procedure usually takes one to two hours.
The patient is taken a recovery room where a nurse observes the patient until the patient is alert enough to go home or to their room safely.
The artery that the catheter is placed into may become damaged, requiring an operation to repair it. The patient may have an allergic reaction to the x-ray dye. Infection can occur in the area that the catheter was placed into.
Call your doctor if you have discomfort around the area that the catheter was inserted into or if you have fever or chills.
Your doctor will give you the results of your test.
This article is intended as a resource for patients receiving their cancer care at Duke University Hospital or Duke Clinic. It is not intended to substitute for medical advice from your health care team. If your doctor’s instructions differ from the information in this article, please talk with your doctor before making any changes.
Source: Duke Cancer Patient Education Program / Patient & Family Education Committee 8/00