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Angiography FAQs

How is an Angiogram done?

Angiograms involve taking special X-rays. Normal X-rays would not show up blood vessels. A type of dye called 'contrast' is injected into the blood vessels of the heart which allows us to see them clearly.


What are the advantages of an MRA or a CTA compared to a traditional catheter angiogram?"

Traditional catheter angiogram entails an invasive procedure with a catheter placed in the blood vessel in your blood. A type of dye called contrast in injected into the blood vessel which allows the angiographer to see them clearly. Today with CT & MR angiograms, we can visualize and detect disorders of the arteries. This procedure is faster, safer and less expensive than a traditional catheter angiogram.


What are the advantages of CT and MR Angiograms?
Both CT and MR Angiography take approximately 15 minutes while a conventional Angiogram takes approximately an hour or more. Additionally, contrast for the MR and CT studies are injected intravenously through an arm vein. In contrast, conventional angiography utilitzes a long catheter inserted typically through the groin artery. This entails signifcantly more risk to the patient. Additionally, MR and CT angiography are performed in an outpatient setting. Conventional angiography is performed in the hospital angiography suite with significantly increased cost.


What are the risks involved?

The doctors doing the procedure will explain the risks involved in detail before asking you to consent to having this procedure. The risk of complications is very small. About one in every 500 people having an angiogram would have a complication related to the procedure


How do I schedule an Angiogram?

Your doctor will decide if an MR Angiogram or CT Angiogram is needed to help diagnose your symptoms. The doctor’s staff will then notify us and schedule an appointment. We will verify your health insurance coverage and obtain pre-certification with your health insurance carrier if necessary. If you do not have health insurance, payment is expected at the time of service.


How long does it take for my physician to get the results of the examination?

The radiologist will review and interpret your CT examination upon completion. Within 24 hours, your physician will have a written report and copies of the film for visual inspection of the findings. If requested by your physicians, results may be reported sooner by telephone or fax.


How do I schedule an exam?

Your doctor will decide if an Angiogram is needed to help diagnose your symptoms. The doctor’s staff or you can schedule an appointment. We will verify your health insurance coverage and obtain pre-certification with your health insurance carrier if necessary. If you do not have health insurance, payment is expected at the time of service.