Duration: About 30 minutes
A peripheral venogram is a minimally invasive test performed to visualize the veins of the lower extremities using dyes and x-ray imaging. It can show areas of stenosis/narrowings, clots, and is used to diagnose as well as treat vascular conditions.
- For persistent leg pain and swelling
- Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT)
- Chronic venous insufficiency and varicose veins
- May Thurner’s Syndrome
Preparing for the test:
How it is performed:
- A mild sedative is given so that you can relax while you remain awake during the procedure.
- You will be connected to a heart monitor and an intravenous (IV) line will be placed in your arm.
- First, a diagnostic catheterization is performed to check for any clots in the peripheral veins. A thin, long tube called a catheter is placed in either your legs or groin and is monitored by an x-ray camera until it reaches the targeted vein.
- A contrast dye is then infused so that the vein(s) can be visualized.
- If a vein is blocked, you may require a venoplasty to open it up.
After the test: