A brain angiogram (cerebral angiogram) is a test (also called a procedure) that looks for problems with blood vessels and blow flow in the brain. These problems may include a bulge in a blood vessel (aneurysm), a narrowing or blockage of a blood vessel, or bleeding in the brain. The test may be used to check other symptoms, such as unusual headaches, or to check problems found during a different test.
The doctor puts a thin, flexible tube (catheter) into a blood vessel in your groin. Or the doctor may put the catheter in
a blood vessel in your arm.
During the procedure, the doctor moves the catheter through the blood vessel
into your brain. Then he or she injects a dye into the catheter. The dye flows into the blood vessel.
The dye makes the blood vessels show up on a video screen.
A picture of the
blood vessel in the brain can be seen
on a video screen. The doctor can look at the screen to see any problems with the blood vessels or blood flow.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test
results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Procedures can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you
can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your procedure.
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Current as of:
June 4, 2016
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Thomas M. Bailey, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Christian G. Zimmerman, MD, FACS, MBA - Neurological Surgery & Howard Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology
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