Angiogram of the Head and Neck
Why It Is Done
An angiogram of the head or neck is done to:
- Look for blockage or narrowing of the arteries in the neck that carry blood to the brain. Blood flow to the brain that is slowed or stopped increases the chance of having a Reference stroke Opens New Window or a Reference transient ischemic attack (TIA) Opens New Window. See an Reference angiogram image of a person with a TIA Opens New Window Reference Opens New Window.
- Study symptoms that might mean problems with the blood flow to the brain. Symptoms may include severe headaches, memory loss, slurred speech, dizziness, blurred or double vision, weakness or numbness, or loss of coordination or balance.
- Detect an Reference aneurysm Opens New Window in the brain or in a blood vessel leading to the brain. See an Reference angiogram image of blood flow in the brain Opens New Window Reference Opens New Window.
- Check the pattern of blood flow to a tumor. This can show if the tumor has spread and can help guide treatment.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference December 5, 2010|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Howard Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology