An angiogram is a test performed to obtain an extremely precise picture of your arterial problems prior to any treatment. The test involves the insertion of a fine tube over a guidewire into the artery from your groin. An x-ray visible dye (contrast) is injected to outline all the arteries. This is visualized on a monitor as the dye passes down the leg and simultaneously captured on x-ray. This test provides a complete picture of all your arteries down both legs.
You are admitted to Lake Macquarie Hospital for this test. It is usually a day only procedure and is performed under local anaesthetic. If you require Angioplasty (dilatation of the artery with a balloon catheter) this can be scheduled for the following day, in which case you remain in hospital overnight, saving you the inconvenience of a second admission or arranged for a later time.