A venogram is a test that involves injecting contrast (x-ray dye) into a vein under fluoroscopy, or “live” xray, to show how blood flows through your veins. This allows a physician to determine the condition of your veins.

A venogram is commonly used to:

  • Assess the status of a vein or system of veins
  • Find blood clots within the veins
  • Assess varicose veins before surgery
  • Find a vein in good condition to use for a bypass procedure or dialysis access
  • Help a physician place an IV or a medical device, such as a stent, in a vein
  • Guide in treatment of diseased veins

What should I expect during my venogram?

We will bring you into the procedure room and connect you to equipment that monitors and records your vital signs. Medical sedation may be given if you have been medically cleared.

After cleaning the area with an antiseptic soap and draping the area with sterile drapes, we will numb a small area on the skin at a pre-determined access site using local anesthetic. A small cannula is then inserted and x-ray dye (contrast) is injected while x-ray pictures are taken. Once the procedure is finished, the cannula is removed and a bandage placed at the site. You will then go to recovery and a final set of vitals will be taken before you are discharged.