Information for patients attending Alfred Health Radiology
What is an angiogram?
Angiography uses x-rays to take real time images, like a movie. The doctor will place a small tube into a blood vessel and inject contrast through the tube, so the blood vessels can be seen clearly on the images. Images of your blood vessels guide your doctor in diagnosing and treating a variety of illnesses.
What procedures can I have done at the Alfred Radiology Department?
At Alfred Health, we offer a wide range of diagnostic and interventional (keyhole surgery) angiographic procedures, including:
- Womens’ health
- Fibroid management
- Chronic pelvic pain management
- Mens’ health
- Sexual dysfunction
- Cerebral (head)
- Diagnostic studies
- Aneurysm coiling
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Diagnostic studies
- Dialysis access and maintenance
- Vascular malformation treatment
- Varicose veins management
- Vessel embolisation for tumors, trauma and haemorrhage management
- Long term vascular access insertion
- Inferior Vena Cava filter insertion and retrieval
How do I prepare for my angiogram?
- If you have been referred for an angiogram by your doctor and would like to make a booking, please contact Radiology Appointments at either our Alfred or our Sandringham site
- 03 9076 2963 (The Alfred Angiography appointments)
- 03 9076 1411 (Sandringham Radiology Appointments)
- Please inform your doctor if you have kidney problems, a heart condition, high blood pressure, diabetes, take any regular medication, have ever had an allergy to contrast or are pregnant
- Please bring all relevant previous medical imaging
Just prior to the procedure
- You will be asked to fast immediately before the procedure. However, please take your regular medication unless advised not to by your doctor
- You will need to wear a hospital gown
During the examination
- A radiologist, a radiographer and a radiology nurse will perform this procedure
- The time it takes to perform an angiogram can vary depending on your procedure. Your radiologist will advise you on the day
- During this procedure you will only need local anaesthetic at the insertion site to numb your skin while the tube is inserted. At the end of the procedure, the tube will be removed
What do I do after the examination is finished?
- You will be observed by nursing staff for up to 4 hours. During this time, you will rest flat in bed
- Eat and drink normally after the examination, unless otherwise directed
- You will be given an information sheet at discharge about your procedure
- Return to your doctor to discuss the examination results
- The radiologist’s report and your images are automatically forwarded to your doctor