Peripheral Angiogram, sometimes referred to as a Peripheral Arteriogram, allows the doctor to see inside your arteries to assess the extent of the blockages, and to plan the next steps in your treatment. The doctors at Vascular Health Institute in Dallas, TX may try to open them up with one or more methods. Questions you may have about what happens during the procedure are provided below.
A peripheral angiogram is a test that uses X-rays and dye to help your doctor find narrowed or blocked areas in one or more of the arteries that supply blood to your legs. The test is also called a peripheral arteriogram.
Doctors use a peripheral angiogram if they think blood is not flowing well in the arteries leading to your legs or, in rare cases, to your arms. The angiogram helps your doctor decide if a surgical procedure is needed to open the blocked arteries.
Peripheral angioplasty is one such procedure. It uses a balloon catheter to open the blocked artery from the inside. If the balloon is not sufficient to keep the artery open, the doctor may perform a mechanical or laser atherectomy, which will remove the plaque from the artery. In some cases, a small wire mesh tube called a stent, is placed in the artery after angioplasty to help keep it open.
A doctor with special training performs the test with a team of nurses and technicians. Before the test, a nurse will put an IV (intravenous line) into a vein in your arm so you can get medicine and fluids. You’ll be awake during the test.