Why is the doctor performing this test?
To evaluate the size, shape, structure, and anatomy of the aorta. The aorta is the largest artery in the body, carrying oxygenated blood from the heart to the entire body. An Aortagram is particularly useful in evaluating aortic dissection and aortic aneurysm.
What is the test?
An Aortagram is an invasive diagnostic test using a catheter to inject dye (contrast medium) into the aorta. X-rays are taken of the dye as it travels within the aorta, allowing clear visualization of blood flow. This way, any structural abnormalities of the aorta will be accurately seen.
Where is the test performed?
In the Cardiac Catheterization Lab and can be done in conjunction with a peripheral angiogram or other cardiac studies.
How long does this test take?
An Aortagram usually takes about an hour.
- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair
- Bypass Surgery
- Carotid Endarterectomy (CEA)
- Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery (CABG)
- Transmyocardial Revascularization (TMR)
- Valve Repair Surgery
- Valve Replacement Surgery
- Angiojet Thrombectomy
- Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (AICD or ICD)
- Coil Embolization
- Computed Axial Tomography (CAT or CT)/Ultrafact Computed Tomography (CT) Scan
- Coronary Balloon Angioplasty & Stenting
- Coronary Catheterization
- Dobutamine Stress Echo
- Echocardiography (ECHO)
- Electrocardiogram (EKG/ECG)
- Electrophysiology Study (EPS)
- Event Recorder
- Holter Monitoring
- Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Umbrella Placement
- Intraaortic Balloon Pump
- Intracardiac Ultrasound (ICE)
- Intravascular Ultrasound (ICE)
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)/ Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA)
- Medicated Stents
- Nuclear Stress Tests
- Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty (PTA)
- Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty (PTCA)
- Peripheral Stents
- Peripheral Vascular Angiography
- Radiation Brachytherapy
- Septal Closures
- Signal Averaged Electrocardiogram (SAECG)
- Stress Echocardiogram
- Stress Test
- Thrombolytic Treatment
- Tilt Table
- Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)