MRI Angiography

What is a MRI Angiography? 

The display of blood vessels known as MR angiography is an accurate, non-invasive means of obtaining information about arteries of the head, neck and body.

Using magnetic field and radio wave energy pulses, the MRA provides information that X-rays, CT scans or ultrasounds can’t always obtain. MRA exams are most often used on your neck, legs, kidneys and brain to gather information about the condition of the blood vessel walls and blood flow. They also can be used to search for aneurysms, calcium deposits and clots within the blood vessels. Sometimes, a contrast dye is used to provide better definition of the blood vessels in the scan’s images. Only the area of the body being studies will be placed inside the MRI. Exams range from 30 to 90 minutes.

Uses for MRA Scans

An MRA scan is an extremely useful diagnostic tool that’s primary purpose is to find any problems that may exist with your blood vessels. Some of the most common uses for an MRA include:

  • Detection of aneurysms, calcium deposits or clots within blood vessels
  • Evaluating abnormalities of the brain’s blood vessels, which could include aneurysms, dilation, inflammation or congenital defects
  • Finding stenosis or narrowing of the blood vessels leading to the legs, lungs or kidneys
  • Diagnosis of lesions in the carotid or vertebral arteries which could disrupt blood flow to the brain
  • Evaluation of stroke symptoms
  • Defining blood supply to vascular tumors in the brain
  • And much more

Benefits of MRA Scans

MRA scans provide many distinct benefits both to patients and the physicians who use the images to diagnose health concerns:

  • Unlike X-rays and CT scans, MRA and MRI scans don’t utilize radiation
  • In many instances, MRA scans detect information that ultrasounds, X-rays and CT scans miss
  • An MRA examination is noninvasive
  • MRA scans can detect problems with blood vessels that cause reduced blood flow

Before You Arrive

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After the Exam

Once your scan is complete, a Radiologist will examine the images. Your physician will receive the images and reports via PACS and fax. Contact your physician directly to discuss your results. Results are also available through the Patient Portal. Allow 3 to 5 business days.


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