Angiogram and Liver Donation
An angiogram is a procedure where a special dye is put into the liver's blood vessels so that x-rays can be taken of your liver. If you need to have an angiogram as part of the liver donor evaluation process, you will be asked to lie on a table, and a very thin, flexible tube will be inserted into a blood vessel in your upper leg near the groin. The tube is carefully moved through your blood vessels until it's near your liver. The dye is then inserted. It shows up on x-ray pictures that are taken of the liver and its blood vessels.
Your healthcare provider can look at these pictures to see the size, position, and appearance of your liver.
If you need to have an angiogram, the entire process usually takes about an hour.