A venogram is a way to look at veins in your body. It uses x-rays and a radiographic contrast material. It is most often used to look at veins in the legs and belly area (abdomen).
Veins are not normally seen in an x-ray. That is why the contrast material is used. The health care provider injects this dye into a vein so it shows up better on x-rays.
Tell your health care provider before the exam if you have diabetes or kidney problems. These conditions increase the risk of injury to the kidney. If you are taking metformin, you need to stop taking this medicine before you get radiographic contrast material. Talk to your doctor before stopping or changing your medicines.
Some people may have an allergy or reaction to the contrast material. Before the procedure, tell your provider about any allergies you may have.
Gillespie DL, Caliste ZA. Venography. In: Cronenwett JL, Johnston W, eds. Rutherford's Vascular Surgery. 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2014:chap 20.BACK TO TOP
Review Date: 4/28/2015
Reviewed By: Deepak Sudheendra, MD, RPVI, assistant professor of Interventional Radiology & Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, with an expertise in Vascular Interventional Radiology & Surgical Critical Care, Philadelphia, PA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed medical professional should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Links to other sites are provided for information only -- they do not constitute endorsements of those other sites. © 1997- 2016 A.D.A.M., Inc. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.