Magnetic resonance imaging of vascular structures (Vascular MR) is a non-invasive procedure which utilizes radio waves, contrast material and a magnetic field to produce images of blood vessels in the body. It does not use ionizing radiation, and can effectively detect and diagnose heart disorders, stroke and other blood vessel complications. This procedure can also be used in preparation for surgeries.
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What MRA Procedures Are Offered?
MRA technology can be used to evaluate and diagnose a variety of conditions such as:
- Bulges in the aorta (aneurysms)
- Tears in the aorta (dissections)
- Congenital heart disorders
- Narrowing of the arteries in and around the kidneys (renal artery stenosis)
- Inflammation of blood vessels, (vasculitis)
- Hardening of the arteries (called atherosclerosis) involving the legs or arms
- Blockages in the major arteries that supply blood to the brain (carotid artery disease)
What Will I Experience?
MRA utilizes a traditional MRI unit to conduct imaging of the blood vessels. Some patients may feel claustrophobic inside a “closed” MRI unit, and may be administered a mild sedative to alleviate anxiety.