An aortogram is a specialized X-ray examination of the blood vessels within the abdomen. The aortogram is performed to detect narrowed or closed areas that may indicate an abdominal aneurysm. Your doctor may recommend this procedure if you are experiencing pain in your legs. The aortogram may also be performed to evaluate an aneurysm prior to surgery.
During the aortogram, a catheter is inserted into the groin, under local anesthesia, and guided to an artery in the abdomen. A contrast dye is injected into the area and images are taken as the dye moves throughout the body. After the aortogram, the patient will need to rest for a few hours and should drink plenty of liquids before returning to their regular activities. Exercise and other types of strenuous activity should be avoided for a week after this procedure.