Can an Outpatient Angiogram Diagnose Aneurysms?

Can an Outpatient Angiogram Diagnose Aneurysms?

An outpatient angiogram is a focused diagnostic procedure that alerts doctors if you need immediate endovascular treatment. The experts at Vascular Associates of San Diego in La Mesa, California, have many years of experience performing diagnostic angiograms and minimally invasive procedures.

An outpatient angiogram is a painless and safe way to detect vascular diseases. In fact, only a few labs in San Diego County are accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL). Our state-of-the-art lab provides outstanding patient care and produces high-quality results by being accredited.

What is an aneurysm?

An aneurysm is a bulge in the wall of an artery. This happens when blood pressure causes a weakened part of an artery to balloon outward or if the wall of the blood vessel becomes weak for another reason. Aneurysms can form in any blood vessel but usually occur in the belly or chest parts of your aorta (the blood vessel that carries blood from your heart) or in arteries that nourish your brain. 

A burst aneurysm poses the greatest danger from strokes and life-threatening bleeding. You can suffer blood clots from a large aneurysm. Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial. Your doctor can check for warning signs with routine exams since aneurysms often have mild symptoms or none at all.

What is an outpatient angiogram?

Peripheral angiograms are tests using X-rays and contrast dye to detect narrowed or blocked arteries in your legs, feet, hands, or arms. An outpatient angiogram is a relatively fast procedure that allows you to go home on the same day. Our team monitors you for a few hours after the angiogram, and then you’re discharged and free to leave. 

In this radiological procedure for displaying the blood vessels, the images are created using X-ray procedures. Your provider will look for narrowing, occlusion, bleeding, or abnormalities in your arteries.

To do this, the doctor injects a dye into the vessel so any abnormalities can be located. This is usually done using a catheter placed in a specific area. Then, your vessels are seen on screen so your provider can assess your health. The process is digitally saved and is available for later assessment. The x-ray is called an angiogram.

A significant blockage caused by atherosclerotic plaque, a dangerous blood clot, or an aneurysm may require endovascular care at the same time as your angiogram.

Will I get treatment during my angiogram?

Using the peripheral angiogram, you and your vein specialist can determine whether a surgical procedure is necessary to open blocked arteries. Peripheral angioplasty is one such procedure. 

Other procedures commonly performed include:

When it isn't necessary to perform a procedure, your Vascular Associates of San Diego provider discusses angiogram results with you and recommends treatment options, helping you develop a personalized plan to prevent the worsening of your condition. 

Contact Vascular Associates of San Diego or book an appointment online today for more information about an angiogram. 

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