A Coronary Angiogram is a technique that uses X-ray imaging to see your heart’s blood vessels, which are called the coronary arteries. The test is done to see if there’s a restriction in blood flow going to the heart.
Coronary Angiograms are part of a universal group of procedures known as Cardiac Catheterizations. Cardiac catheterization procedures can both diagnose and treat heart and blood vessel conditions. A Coronary Angiogram, which can help diagnose heart conditions, is the most common type of Cardiac Catheterization procedure.
During a Coronary Angiogram, a form of dye that is detectable by an X-ray machine is injected into the blood vessels of your heart. The X-ray machine rapidly takes a series of images (angiograms), presenting a detailed look at the blood vessels. If necessary, your doctor can open the clogged heart arteries (angioplasty) during the same session as the Coronary Angiogram.