When your doctor has requested an angiogram, you will come to Radiology for a procedure to enable us to see specific blood vessels and arteries inside your body.

What is an angiogram?

An angiogram is special x-ray procedure that enables us to see specific blood vessels and arteries inside your body.

This procedure is done by a Radiologist (doctor). There will be some large machines, which are very safe. Specialised staff will remain with you throughout your stay. You will be awake during the procedure and a nurse will be with you at all times.

What happens during the procedure?

The doctor will guide you throughout the procedure:

  • A small area in your groin will be shaved, then you will get an injection of local anaesthetic in the area.
  • The doctor will then insert a small plastic tube into your blood vessel, in the groin.
  • Special x-ray dye/contrast will be injected through this plastic tube to enable the doctor to see the blood vessels being investigated. You may get a warm feeling at times during the procedure. This is quite normal. You will need to lie very still and may be asked to hold your breath for a few seconds each time the x-rays are being taken.

What happens after the procedure?

After the procedure:

  • The plastic tube will be removed. Firm pressure will be applied by the doctor for approximately 10 minutes and the healing process will commence.
  • Then you must lie flat with your head on one pillow and your leg straight for at least four hours to prevent the blood vessel from bleeding. You will then sit up on the trolley and be reviewed prior to discharge home.

In a medical emergency, call 000. If you are feeling unwell, see your local GP or go to your local hospital Emergency department for help.