What To Think About
- A magnetic resonance angiogram (MRA) or
computed tomography angiogram (CTA) may be an option instead of an angiogram.
Each of these tests is less invasive than a standard angiogram. Some MRA tests
and all CTA tests require an injection of dye. A CTA also involves radiation
exposure. For more information, see the topics
Magnetic Resonance Angiogram (MRA) and
CT Scan of the Body. Some surgeons may want results
from a standard angiogram before doing surgery to repair a damaged or abnormal
- For people with kidney problems,
dehydration, steps are taken to prevent kidney damage.
Less dye may be used or more fluids may be given before, during, and after the
test. If you have a history of kidney problems, other blood tests (creatinine,
blood urea nitrogen) may be done before an angiogram to make sure that your
kidneys are working well. For more information, see the topics
Creatinine and Creatinine Clearance and
Blood Urea Nitrogen.
- In rare cases,
surgery may be needed to repair a hole in the blood vessel where the catheter
was placed. There is also a substance that can be used to
help plug the hole in the vessel and stop the bleeding. The substance used to
plug the hole in the vessel is normally absorbed by the body over several
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Howard Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology
November 27, 2012
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