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 12/26/2014
Updated by: Deepak Sudheendra, MD, Assistant Professor of Interventional Radiology & Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, 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.