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Learn what angiography is and how it is done using image guidance.

Key points

  • An angiography uses medical imaging to create a map of the arteries so they can be seen by X-rays. Contrast dye is injected through an artery to outline its shape.
  • Angiography is usually a low-risk procedure.
  • You will be asked to sign a consent form before the procedure.
  • Be calm, honest and tell your child what to expect. Children feel less nervous and scared when they are given information about what will happen to them.
  • Your child will most likely be given a general anaesthetic.
  • If the angiography is performed through the wrist, your child’s upper limb/wrist should be immobilized with the provided splint overnight.
  • If the angiography is performed through the groin, your child should remain in the recovery area for five hours after the procedure on their back with their leg kept straight. Slow ambulation should begin after 5 hours if there are no concerns at the accessed groin site.
Last updated: November 16th 2020