MRA Exam

What is an MRA exam?

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a magnetic field and radio waves to produce clear, detailed images of your tissues, joints, and internal organs. Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) employs MRI technology to help your physician diagnose and determine the extent of blood vessel disorders.

A brain MRI can help your physician diagnose and evaluate tumors and strokes. It can also be helpful for evaluating abnormalities when disease of the eye, or inner ear, or pituitary gland is present, or for monitoring certain aspects of dementia. Learn more about MRA.

Where is the Outpatient Diagnostic Imaging Center located?

We are located on the north side of the Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto campus.

Where should I park?

Park in the lot by the Outpatient Diagnostics/Cancer Center/Women's Center entrance. This parking lot is located on the north side of campus. View a map of the campus.

What entrance should I use?

Enter the hospital through the Outpatient Diagnostics/Cancer Center/Women's Center entrance. View a map of the campus.

What do I need to bring?

Bring a photo ID, your insurance card, and your co-pay (if required).

How should I prepare?

  • Although MRI does not use any ionizing radiation (X-rays), the exam must be used cautiously in the early stages of pregnancy. It is vital that you tell us if you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant.
  • Some metals interfere with MRI equipment. Be certain your physician knows if you have:
    • Aneurysm clips
    • Implanted neurostimulator
    • Inner-ear implants
    • Metal fragments in your eye(s)
    • Pacemaker/defibrillator
    • Pacing wires
    • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) unit
  • Bring any implant and/or medical device cards (for heart stents/valve, eye/ear implants, etc.) to your appointment. We will use these cards to verify the safety of your implant.
  • You will need to remove medication and/or nicotine patches before your exam.
  • There are no dietary restrictions for an MRA exam.
  • Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, you should take any regular medications as prescribed or needed.
  • Wear comfortable clothes with no zippers or metal buttons. Otherwise, we will have you wear a hospital gown for your exam.

What should I expect at my exam appointment?

  • Please allow at least 30-45 minutes for the test.
  • Once you arrive at the MRI suite, the technologist will ask you a series of questions to obtain a complete medical history. You will also be asked to fill out an MRI metal screening form to help the MRI technologist to ensure you do not have any devices that are unsafe for MRI. (See "How should I prepare?" above.)
  • At the MRI suite, we will provide a secure locker for storing your personal items during the exam.
  • Once the technologist has determined that you may safely enter the MRI exam room, you will be asked to lie on your back on a padded table. Cushions are available for your comfort.
  • Special coils will be placed over the area to be scanned.
  • During the exam, you will hear loud knocking sounds coming from the scanner. For your comfort, the technologist will provide you with earplugs or with music headphones.
  • The technologist will also give you a squeeze ball to hold in your hand during the exam to alert him/her if you need assistance. Even though the technologist will be in another room during the scan, he/she will be able to see, hear, and speak to you during the scan.
  • During the scan, it is very important that you remain very still to help ensure clear images.
  • For some exams, your physician may have ordered an injectable contrast agent—gadolinium—to brighten the image quality. (Note: Unlike the contrast medium used for CT and X-ray exams, gadolinium is not iodinated.)
  • If an injectable contrast agent is ordered by your physician, the technologist may perform a lab test to check your kidney function. If your kidney functions are within normal limits, the injection will be given.

How will I get my results?

A radiologist will interpret the images, write a report, and deliver the results to your doctor via our internal computer system.

Whom do I call if I need more information?

If you need any other information, call us at 662-772-3128 between the hours of 8 a.m – 5 p.m. Monday - Friday.

Contact Us

Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto

7601 Southcrest Parkway
Southaven, MS 38671



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