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.

Why has my physician ordered this exam?

Your physician may call for an MRA exam to assess the presence and extent of various conditions, including:

  • Aneurysm
  • Aortic disease
  • Carotid artery stenosis
  • Disease of the blood vessels supplying the kidneys, lungs, and legs

What might prevent my physician from ordering this exam?

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

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