The blood vessels in our body help blood and oxygen flow through our arteries. When the blood vessel walls thicken as the result of an abnormality, health is put at serious risk. Atherosclerosis is a common disease that occurs when plaque – fat deposits – build and clog the arteries. The diagnosis and treatment of such blood vessel diseases can be aided by Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA). Midstate Radiology Associates offers this procedure to patients who may have a blood vessel condition.
What Is MR Angiography?
During an MR Angiography, a strong magnetic field and radiofrequency waves generate images of the major arteries. This is an outpatient, noninvasive medical test to capture internal images for analysis. Further evaluation of these images can help our radiologists find abnormalities within the blood vessels.
Who Should Have This Procedure?
Patients whose blood vessels are thought to be narrowing or blocked may be referred for an MR Angiography. This procedure can examine the major arteries in the brain, neck and chest all the way down to the pelvis, legs and feet. MR Angiography can also detect:
- Artery injury
- Blood vessel obstructions
- Congenital heart disease
- Plaque disease
- Pulmonary embolism
The procedure can also guide surgeons to diseased blood vessels for repair or evaluation of post-stent implantation.
What You Can Expect
Please check with the facility prior to your MR Angiography for any dietary restrictions before exam day. During the procedure, patients wear loose-fitting clothing or a hospital gown. MRA may require an injection of intravenous contrast material, which increases visibility of the blood vessels. This will administered through an intravenous line typically inserted in the arm.
Inform the radiologist or technologist of any allergies, serious health problems, medical devices in the body or pregnancy.
The patient is positioned on a moveable table and placed into the MRI unit, while images are taken. It’s important to stay still during the procedure, as slight movements can alter results.
Does MR Angiography sound like the right procedure for you? Contact us to make an appointment today!