Mesenteric arteriography is an examination of the abdominal vessels by using an injection of a contrast medium to help visualize the structures. The test is performed after an endoscopy proves to be inconclusive and cannot locate the source of bleeding in the intestinal system, or other studies prove inadequate in evaluating abnormal growths. It may also be used to evaluate vessel damage after an abdominal trauma.
Review Date 10/30/2020
Updated by: Deepak Sudheendra, MD, RPVI, FSIR, Director of DVT & Complex Venous Disease Program, 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, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.