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Overview Brief

Renal arteries supply oxygenated blood to the kidneys. A CT Angio – Renal Arteries helps to study and evaluate them.

What is a CT Angio – Renal Arteries?

A CT Angio – Renal Arteries gives a clear and closer view of the renal arteries and their blood flow.

  • Helps detect narrowing and bulging of blood vessels, malformations in the arteries and veins, blood clots, and blockages.[1]
  • A CT Angio – Renal Arteries helps diagnose tumors, hemorrhage and complications post a kidney transplant.
  • Helps detect high blood pressure in the renal arteries.

A CT Angio – Renal Arteries is done in patients with severe kidney disorders.

How is a CT Angio – Renal Arteries performed?

A CT Angio – Renal Arteries is performed as an inpatient or an outpatient procedure.

  • Sedation before the procedure.[2]
  • You will be connected to an EKG monitor throughout the test.[1]
  • The groin area is shaved, anesthetized and a catheter inserted into an artery in the groin.
  • Several images are taken with the machine during the CT Angio – Renal Arteries

After the CT Angio – Renal Arteries, the catheter is removed from the artery, and the bleeding is controlled.[1]

Side effects/risks of CT Angio – Renal Arteries

There can be a few risks involved with a CT Angio – Renal Arteries:
● Excessive bleeding from the puncture site.
● Injury to nerves.
● Infection.
● Blood clot.
● Risk of radiation exposure.

Preparation before performing a CT Angio – Renal Arteries

For a CT Angio – Renal Arteries:

  • Fast for at least 8 hrs before the test.[2]
  • Stop all medications.
  • Wear a loose gown.
  • Remove metallic objects.
  • Empty bladder before the test.

Post-care after CT Angio – Renal Arteries

After a CT Angio – Renal Arteries is done:

  • You will be shifted into a recovery room.
  • You will be asked to lie flat on the bed for many hours with the leg where the injection was given needs to be kept straight for 12hrs.[1]
  • Drink plenty of fluids to flush out the dye used during CT Angio – Renal Arteries.

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