Test: Femoral Angiography

Femoral angiography is a contrast X-ray technique, sometimes combined with MRI, that is used to diagnose narrowing or blockage of arteries in the legs. During the procedure, which is carried out under local anaesthesia, a contrast medium is injected into the femoral artery. The medium spreads in the circulation to other vessels in the leg. X-rays are then taken of one or more sites. The procedure takes about 30 minutes, and you should be able to return home within 6 hours.

During the procedure

A catheter is inserted into an artery in the arm or leg and guided through the body to the femoral artery. A contrast medium is then injected into the catheter so that the artery can be seen on an X-ray.

Route of catheter


Angiogram of the leg

This contrast X-ray shows a blockage in the main artery in the leg, restricting blood flow to the tissues of the lower leg. If this blockage is not treated, the tissues will be permanently damaged.

From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.

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