An angiogram is an
X-ray test that uses a special dye and camera (fluoroscopy) to take pictures of the blood flow in an
artery (such as the
aorta) or a vein (such as the vena cava). Your doctor
may tell you some results right after the test. Full results are usually ready the same day.
blood vessels are normal in shape, size, location, and number.
dye flows evenly through the blood vessels.
narrowing, blockage, bulging, or other problem of the blood vessels is
vessels that are not in their normal position may mean that a tumor or
other growth is pushing against them.
narrow spot in an artery may mean that a fat deposit, calcium deposit, or
clot is reducing blood flow through the blood vessel.
bulge in a blood vessel may mean a weakness in the blood vessel wall (aneurysm).
Dye that leaks out of a blood vessel may mean a
hole in the blood vessel.
is abnormal branching of blood vessels present since birth
abnormal pattern of blood vessels may mean that a tumor is
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Howard Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology
November 27, 2012
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