Overview of Angiogram
An angiogram is a test used to diagnose problems with your arteries and veins. A narrow tube, or catheter, is inserted into a blood vessel. Contrast dye is injected, and X-ray pictures are taken. The images produced help your doctor diagnose the disease or blockage. There are several types of angiograms:
- Coronary angiogram: During cardiac catheterization, angiography is used to take images of the blood vessels feeding the heart. A variation of this test using CT technology is called coronary CT angiography or cardiac CT.
- Peripheral angiogram: This test focuses on problems in the blood vessels in other areas of your body, such as the legs and arms.
- Carotid angiogram: This test detects the presence of narrowing or blockage (atherosclerosis) in the carotid arteries of the neck.
In an angiogram, a doctor puts a catheter (tiny tube) into a blood vessel. Contrast dye from the catheter shows up on x-rays to create detailed images
Angiogram In Depth
Learn more about angiograms from Intermountain's Patient Education Library:
Learn what happens (and what you need to do) before, during, and after this procedure:
Please review the patient instructions from the cardiovascular cath lab, for important information on pre-registration, completing your health history form, and scheduling arrival times:
Where Do I Go?
Angiograms are be performed in a procedure room in the Cardiovascular Cath Lab. On the day of your procedure, you need to come to Intermountain Medical Center – building 4 (Sorenson Heart & Lung Center). After entering the main doors, follow the signs to Patient Registration on the first floor. We will check you in and take you to a room in our Procedure and Recovery Unit. Here you will be prepared for your procedure, and you will meet with your doctor. When it is time for your procedure, you will be taken to the appropriate procedure room.
If you have questions please call us: 801-507-4701.