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Angiography is a procedure used to create an image of blood vessels, including those of the head, kidneys, heart or lungs. A contrast mediumcontrast mediumA substance used in some diagnostic procedures to help parts of the body show up better on x-rays or other imaging tests. is injected into the artery so that the blood vessels can be seen.
Angiography can be performed using:
Angiography may also be called arteriography.
Angiography may be done to find out how well the person’s blood is passing through the blood vessels.
Angiography is not commonly used to diagnose cancer. For certain types of cancer, it may be used to:
Depending on the technique used to obtain images, angiography may be done in the hospital, a specialized computed tomography (CT) centre or a specialized magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) centre. It is usually done as an outpatient procedure. Angiography usually takes about 2 hours, but it may be longer if sedation or anesthesia is used.
During the angiography:
Special precautions may be taken after the test is complete.
The potential side effects of having angiography are associated with the injection of a contrast medium and depend on the type of angiogram performed. These side effects may include:
The doctor will decide whether further tests, procedures, follow-up care or additional treatment are needed.
Being prepared for a test or procedure can reduce anxiety, increase cooperation and help the child develop coping skills. Parents and caregivers can help prepare children by explaining to them what will happen, including what they will see, feel and hear during the test.
The preparation you can provide for this test depends on the age and experience of the child. See the following for more age-specific information on helping children cope with tests and treatment.
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