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If your doctor orders an angiogram, be assured that you are in good hands with Banner Health. Imaging tests, like coronary angiography, are part of our comprehensive care, helping to ensure there is a complete understanding of your condition so we can provide the best treatment options possible.

What Is an Angiogram?

An angiogram is an X-ray procedure used to detect blockages in the arterial system, where blood flows, typically around the heart. A cerebral angiogram looks at the blood vessels in your neck or head. A CT angiogram (CTA) uses a computed tomography scan (CT scan) to examine your heart and blood vessels. Learn more about CT angiograms.

When Is an Angiogram Used?

Your doctor may order an angiogram if you are experiencing symptoms such as chest pain that may be due to blocked coronary arteries, a narrowed artery, or blockages around your heart. This test can help diagnose artery disease, a stroke, an aneurysm, tumors, blood clots and arterial stenosis. 

How to Prepare for an Angiogram

The team at Banner Health will let you know how to prepare for your angiogram. Common considerations include:

  • Fasting and eating restrictions: You may need to avoid eating and drinking for 6-8 hours before the procedure. Please follow specific instructions provided by the Banner Health team regarding dietary restrictions.
  • Adjusting medication: Some medications should not be taken before certain types of angiograms. Be sure to talk with your doctor before stopping any medication.
  • Breastfeeding: If you’re currently breastfeeding, pump before the procedure. Additionally, you should not breastfeed for at least 24 hours after your angiogram.
  • Hospital gown: You will be provided with a hospital gown to wear during the procedure for comfort and to allow medical staff easy access to the necessary areas.

What to Expect from an Angiogram

Angiograms are performed in a hospital setting. Typically, you will be sedated during this procedure. Before the procedure, local anesthesia will be used to numb the area where the catheter will be inserted to minimize discomfort. An angiogram procedure may take only 15-20 minutes to perform the angiogram or it could take a couple of hours, depending on your unique medical needs.

An angiogram starts with a needle being inserted into your femoral artery (located in your groin). A tube called a catheter is inserted into the area of interest. As a contrast dye is injected, X-ray images are taken to identify blockages. This will help your surgeon decide the best mode of treatment. Some therapies such as a balloon angioplasty and stent replacement can be performed as part of the angiogram or afterward. Once the procedure is complete, the catheter is removed and you will be monitored for a short time before being discharged home. Measures are taken during and after the procedure to prevent bleeding from the insertion site.

After the procedure, you will need to stay on your back for 6 hours and you’ll want to make arrangements for a family member or friend to drive you home. 

Associated Risks

The risk of side effects from an angiogram is quite low. The most common side effect is bruising or mild tenderness at the insertion site.

Be sure to mention any allergies or additional health conditions you may have and feel free to ask questions at any time before or after your procedure. Our team is here to help at every step.

Why choose Banner Health for angiography?

Choosing Banner Health for your angiogram ensures you receive exceptional care from a team dedicated to your well-being. Our experienced professionals utilize advanced imaging technologies to accurately diagnose and treat your condition, providing you with personalized and comprehensive care. At Banner Health, we prioritize your safety and comfort, ensuring you are well-informed and supported throughout your entire health care journey.

Find an Imaging Location Near You

Whatever your need, your doctor can refer you to one of our conveniently located free-standing imaging centers or one of our hospitals.