A venogram is a way to look at veins in your body using x-rays and a special dye called contrast. It is most often use to look at veins in the legs and belly area (abdomen).
Veins are not normally seen in an x-ray. That is why the special dye is used. The health care provider injects this dye into a vein so it shows up better on x-rays.
What the risks are
Some people may have an allergy or reaction to the dye used during a venogram. Patients at risk include those with shellfish or iodine allergies. Before the procedure, tell your doctor about any allergies you may have.
James Lee, MD, Department of Surgery, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, NY. Review Provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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