Angiogram | Angiography

Patients can be confident they are getting the most accurate diagnosis at MaineHealth. We use the most advanced diagnostic imaging tools, including angiography.

What is an angiography?

Angiography also is called an angiogram. It allows your doctor to take pictures of your blood vessels and organs. An angiogram lets your doctor see if blood vessels are blocked or have become narrow. An injection of dye lets doctors see an outline of the vessels.

Doctors often can treat blockages and narrowing of blood vessels at the same time of the angiogram. The procedures to treat blockages are called angioplasty and thrombolysis.

Angiography is done to diagnose

  • Aneurysms

  • Tumors

  • Blood clots

  • Cerebral vascular disease

  • Arterial Stenosis

The procedure will take a couple of hours. The interventional radiologist or cardiologist will study the test as it is being done. With interventional radiology, the doctor will try to treat certain conditions while the angiography is being done.

The different types of angiographies depend on the information the doctor needs.

  • Computed topography (CT) angiogram is a series of X-rays to view arteries and veins. Dye is injected into the patient to see the blood vessels.

  • Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) uses a big magnet and radio waves to see blood vessels. Dye may be used for better images.