Diagnosis and possible treatment of arterial disease
Diagnosis of arterial disease can often be performed using non-invasive imaging tests such as CT angiography or MR angiography. However, catheter angiography remains the gold standard for diagnosis of several arterial conditions, and often allows for treatment of the problem at the same time.
An interventional radiologist accesses an artery, usually the femoral artery at the groin. Small catheters are passed into the artery of interest, and contrast injection and X-rays are used to evaluate the arteries. If needed, treatment with angioplasty or stent can be performed concurrently.
Bleeding, infection, damage to the artery wall (rupture or dissection).
Two to six hours of bed rest to prevent bleeding at the access site
Variable, depending on the condition
For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our IR physicians, please call 310-481-7545.