Peripheral angiography is a test used to see the arteries in the hands, arms, feet or legs. It uses x-rays and a special dye to see inside the arteries.
How the Test is Performed
Extremity angiography is done in a special unit of a hospital. You will lie on an x-ray table. You may ask for a sedative if you are anxious about the test.
The health care provider will shave and clean an area, usually in the groin.
Certain treatments can be done during this procedure. Items are passed through the catheter to the area in the artery that needs treatment. These treatments include:
The health care team will check your pulse (heart rate), blood pressure, and breathing during the procedure.
After the x-rays are taken, the catheter is removed. Pressure is immediately applied at the site of insertion for a few minutes to stop the bleeding. Additionally, a special closure device may be used to facilitate faster recovery and mobility. After that time, the area is checked and a bandage is applied.
The arm or leg where the needle was placed should be kept straight for 2 to 6 hours after the procedure. You should avoid strenuous activity, such as heavy lifting, for 24 - 48 hours.
Why the test is performed
The test is done when someone has symptoms of a narrowed or blocked blood vessel in the arms, hands, legs, or feet.
The test may also be done to diagnose: