In simple terms, Angiography is an advanced X-Ray that can be used for a check-up of a patient’s blood vessels.
While a normal X-Ray can’t clearly capture an image of your blood vessels, a special dye is first injected into your blood that helps to highlight your blood vessels. This special dye helps to capture clear images, thereby allowing the doctor to detect any problems.
The images created during angiography are referred to as angiograms in medical language.
Uses of Angiography
Angiograms can be used by doctors for investigation of multiple problems affecting blood vessels such as:
- Peripheral Arterial Disease.
- Brain Aneurysm.
- Blood Clots or a Pulmonary Embolism
- A Blockage in the Blood Supply to your Kidneys
Why angiography is needed?
An angiogram can show if your coronary arteries are narrowed, where they are narrowed, and by how much. It can help your doctor see if a change in treatment—such as medicines, angioplasty, or coronary artery bypass surgery—can improve your angina or lower your risk of heart attack or death from heart problems.