Professor Ramon Varcoe

Angiogram

An angiogram is an outpatient procedure that uses x-rays to visualise the blood flow through arteries and veins after the injection of contrast dye.

It is performed under local anaesthesia by inserting a thin plastic tube called a catheter into the artery or vein of the groin. Any blood vessel in the body can then be assessed by moving the catheter into a position where it may inject the contrast dye. An angiogram is a term used when arteries are inspected, a venogram is the same process but looking at veins.

Usually, all regular medications can be taken prior to an angiogram, however please check with Professor Varcoe beforehand especially with regards to any blood thinning medication you may be taking. You will be required to fast for 6 hours prior to any angiogram. You will be observed by the medical team in hospital for 4 hours after the test and be unable to drive yourself home.

Bruising is common afterward and usually requires no specific treatment. Any increasing swelling or pain in the groin or leg should be reported to Professor Varcoe’s office as soon as possible.

For additional information about angiography please download the attached handout.