An angiogram is a test done by a radiologist (doctor specializing in X-rays) to study your child's blood vessels. At Cincinnati Children's, this test is done in Interventional Radiology.

The doctor uses a special X-ray machine and a contrast that is injected into the bloodstream through a tube which is placed in an artery in the groin. This allows the doctor to see the blood vessels and take X-rays.

An angiogram can be a frightening test for a child. Often children require general anesthesia to help calm them before the test. The doctor will explain how the test is done and about sedation if it is needed. Feel free to ask any questions you may have.