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Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA)

Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) is an MRI of the blood vessels often performed with contrast material (gadolinium).  Gadolinium is injected intravenously and leaves the body naturally.   MRA is a noninvasive exam which allows for the evaluation of blood vessels in the body; inclusive of the head, neck, abdomen, chest, and kidneys.  MRA is performed to diagnose such conditions as aneurysms, clots, narrowing of the arteries, heart disease, calcium deposits and stroke.  As with all MRI’s, to be sure the exam will be a safe one, patients should inform the technologist of their medical history such as if they have any metal clips or pins in their body, joint replacement, cosmetic metal implants i.e., cochlear (ear) implants, or a heart pacemaker.  Patients will be asked to lie still during the exam to avoid any blurriness on the images.

 

mri acr accreditated For more information, please visit:

Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)- http://www.radiologyinfo.org

American Cancer Society- http://www.cancer.org/docroot/home/index.asp

American College of Radiology-http://www.acr.org