Cerebral Angiogram is a minimally invasive medical test that uses fluoroscopy and iodine containing contrast material to produce images of blood vessels in the brain.

In cerebral angiography, a thin plastic tube called the catheter is inserted into an artery in the groin through a small incision in the skin. Using fluoroscopy guidance, the catheter is navigated to the area being examined. Once the target vessel is cannulated, contrast material is injected through the tube and images are captured using ionizing radiation.

Cerebral angiography is also called intra arterial digital subtraction angiography (DSA). This phrase refers to acquiring the images electronically, rather that with x-ray film. A high penetrating ionizing radiation is used so that the overlying bone of the skull is removed form the image to visualize the cerebral vessel.


Patient Preparation

1. The patient will be admitted at the hospital the night before the procedure or same day at least 8 hours prior to procedure.
2. An informed consent will be secured from the patient.
3. The doctor will instruct the patient not to eat or drink (NPO- nothing per orem) anything for 6 to 8 hours before the procedure.
4. The doctor will assess the patient’s physical and medical history and will review diagnostic tests done such as CT Scan, CT Angiography, MRI. Laboratory tests such as Creatinine, PT, APTT are usually requested prior to the procedure. History of allergies on food especially seafood or medicines will be noted.
5. The patient’s groin will be shaved as an access for the procedure.
6. An intravenous line will be initiated once admitted or once patient is started on NPO (nothing per orem).
7. Certain medication such as Metformin will be put on hold 1-2 days prior to the procedure.
8. Medications for mild sedation are usually given prior and during the procedure if needed. May or may not have an Anesthesiologist on board during the procedure.

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