What to expect when you come for angiography?
is carried out in the Angio Suite in the Neuroradiology department.
Before angiography begins, informed consent will be obtained and you
will be checked for any condition or medication that may preclude
you from undergoing this procedure. Radio-opaque articles are
removed and both groins are shaved before the procedure.
anaesthesia, a small puncture wound is made to the groin artery.
Through this, a catheter (hollow tube) is threaded under x-ray
guidance into the head and neck arteries. Once the tip of the
catheter is positioned, a contrast injection (a "run") is
made with multiple x-ray exposures. Please keep still during this
Depending on the
complexity of the procedure and the number of runs, a diagnostic
study may take up to an hour to complete. Complicated
neurointerventional procedures may take longer to perform.
procedure is completed, please rest in bed and avoid unnecessary
movement or trauma to the groin wound. The puncture wound is small
and will heal in a few days. Stitching is not necessary. The bandage
may be removed after a period of observation which is usually