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Venogram/Venography

A venogram is an X-ray test that takes pictures as the blood flows through the veins in different areas of the body. Radiology dye is put into your veins so they can be seen clearly on an X-ray picture. The Radiologist looks at the condition of your veins and whether there is any clot present.

A venogram can be done to:

  1. Check the blood flow, the condition of the valves in the veins and to diagnose any strictures or clots.
  2. Find blood clots in the deep veins of your leg, arm or pelvis.
  3. Place a filter to prevent clots going to your lungs.
  4. Place a stent to widely open up the vein.
  5. Draw blood samples around an organ such as the kidney.
  6. Guide the placement of a special intravenous line used for long term medication or fluid treatment.

When your procedure is scheduled

  1. Our scheduler will give you a date and time to be at the hospital.
  2. You will be scheduled to come in two hours before the procedure; this is to allow the admitting staff and the nursing staff to get you ready.
  3. Please let the scheduler know if you take Coumadin, Plavix, Insulin or Metformin. You will need to receive specialized instructions.
  4. Please notify us if you’ve had a previous reaction to contrast dye.
  5. The admitting department will call you the night before procedure to confirm your arrival time.
  6. Please plan to leave any jewelry and valuables at home.
  7. Make sure that you have a ride home and will not be driving yourself.
  8. If you have any questions regarding your procedure you may call us at 425-688-5507.

Preparation

  1. Do not eat of drink for four hours before your exam.
  2. Please take your normal heart and blood pressure medications with a sip of water.
  3. You need to be at hospital admitting two hours before you procedure’s scheduled start time. This is located at the large desk at the hospital’s main entrance (across from Stanza’s).
  4. Your will be taken down to your room where you will meet your nurse. You will be asked to change into a patient gown, and then an IV will be started and blood will be drawn for lab tests. The nurse will ask you for your medical history. Bring a list of all medications you take and when you take them.
  5. The nurse will also ask you about allergies. If you are allergic to radiology/contrast dye please let them know.
  6. The nurse or tech will be shaving both groin areas.
  7. If there is a possibility that you’re pregnant, please let the nurse know. You will be asked to sign a form if you are at a childbearing age (12-57).
  8. Before the procedure, the interventional nurse will meet with you and your family in your room. They will review your procedure with you and answer any questions you might have.

Procedure

  1. The procedure takes from one to three hours. You will meet the doctor who will go over the consent form and answer any questions you might still have.
  2. You will receive sedation medication during the procedure to help you relax.
  3. During the procedure you might feel warmth, tingling or flushing when you are given the contrast dye. This usually lasts about 10 seconds. During the procedure the nurse will be monitoring your heart, blood pressure and the oxygen level in your blood.
  4. Once the procedure is over you will be transferred back to your room.

After the Procedure

  1. If the small catheter in your vein hasn’t been removed, the nurse or tech will remove it and hold pressure for at least 10 to 15 minutes. You will be told to lie flat for up to two hours and to keep your leg straight. This is to prevent any bleeding or swelling.
  2. Your blood pressure, pulse and puncture site will be monitored frequently by the nurse.
  3. You will be encouraged to drink plenty of fluids to help wash the contrast dye out of your system. You will need to continue to drink fluids for the first 24 hours after your procedure, unless your physician has limited your fluid intake.
  4. Most patients will be discharged about six hours after procedure.
  5. You will be given written instructions and a phone number to call if you have any questions or concerns.
  6. One of the interventional nurses will do a follow-up call the next weekday after your procedure. Write down any questions you might have for them.
  7. To speak with an interventional nurse, please call 425-688-5005. It is best to call between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can leave a message on the voicemail and a nurse will return your call as soon as they are able.
  8. If you are on Coumadin and have been told not to take it before your procedure, you need to check with your physician and/or the Anti-Coagulation Clinic for specific instructions.

    If you are on Metformin/Glucophage, hold it for 48 hours post procedure. Check with the physician who ordered it for when to restart it. They may request further lab work.

    If you are an insulin-dependent diabetic, restart your regular dosing when you get home. Check your sugar regularly and if you have a concern, contact your diabetes doctor.

Contact Us

If you would like to schedule an imaging procedure, call 425-688-0100. To speak to a Medical Imaging staff member, call 425-688-5564.

Did You Know?

A registered technologist specializes in radiography and radiation physics. He/she must complete a two-year intensive program and successfully pass a written registry examination. Due to strict standards, hospitals often employ the most talented and skilled professionals in this field.

The physician with a subspecialty in a particular area offers the patient heightened insight and expertise. Subspecialty training gives the physician a greater breadth and depth of knowledge which benefits the patient.

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