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Angiograms

KRMC Interventional Radiology
An angiogram is the use of imaging to visualize the lymph or vascular system. The Interventional Radiology and Vascular Department performs angiograms to diagnose and treat areas of blockage or narrowing in the vascular systems of the legs, upper chest and abdomen, as well as to assess the vascular systems of different organs.

An angiogram is also typically the first step in a procedure to treat uterine fibroids or varices of the reproductive system, to block the blood flow from a leaking artery, or to block the blood flow to a cancerous lesion within an organ.

How to Prepare
  • You may need to have blood drawn in advance of your procedure. If you have more than one procedure, you may have blood drawn each time.
  • A nurse may call you the day before your procedure to review your medications and any last-minute instructions, or you may have a consult with the interventional radiologist before your procedure.
  • Bring someone to drive you home and have someone available to spend the night.
What to Expect
  • The procedure usually begins with an assessment and an IV start in the holding room before going to the interventional radiology lab.
  • Angiograms are done through the femoral or radial artery.
  • In the lab, the interventional radiology staff will help you onto a narrow table, connect you to the monitoring equipment, clean the access site with an alcohol-based solution and cover you with a sterile drape.
  • You will be awake but relaxed throughout the procedure, as it is often necessary for you to assist by holding your breath or maintaining certain positions.
  • After the procedure, the staff will close the access site. In some situations the access site may not close easily and you will need a few hours of bed rest after the procedure.
After the Procedure
  • Until the access site is healed, avoid lifting more than 10 pounds.
  • After 24 hours you may shower, but do not sit in water until the site is healed.
Videos are provided only as a general reference and are not the property of Kalispell Regional Healthcare or a comprehensive overview of your specific procedure. Talk with your doctor before making any decisions about your treatment.

Balloon Angioplasty and Stents

Directional Atherectomy

AngioJet Thrombectomy

Embolization

An embolization is a type of angiogram that may use coils, dissoluble foam or sclerosing agents to repair or block blood flow to fibroids or weakened areas of a vascular wall, or to block blood flow from a leaking artery.

Fistulagram

A fistulagram is an angiogram used to examine blood flow or check for blood clots or narrowing within the vessels of a fistula. Dialysis patients are often referred to interventional radiology if the dialysis staff has difficulty accessing or performing their dialysis treatments.

How to Prepare
  • You may need to have blood drawn in advance of your procedure if it wasn't drawn during your dialysis run.
  • A nurse may call you the day before your procedure to review your medications and any last-minute instructions.
  • Bring someone to drive you home.
What to Expect
  • The procedure usually begins with an assessment and an IV start in the holding room before going to the interventional radiology lab.
  • You will receive medication to help you relax during the procedure.
  • In the lab, interventional radiology staff will help you onto a narrow table, connect you to the monitoring equipment, clean the fistula with an alcohol-based solution and cover you with a sterile drape.
  • The fistula is usually closed with a suture, which is removed by dialysis staff two or three days after the procedure.
After the Procedure
  • For the first few days, avoid lifting more than 10 pounds or getting the access site wet.
Videos are provided only as a general reference and are not the property of Kalispell Regional Healthcare or a comprehensive overview of your specific procedure. Talk with your doctor before making any decisions about your treatment.