MR angiography or MRA is a specialized, computer-guided procedure that combines the use of a magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed pictures of blood vessels in key areas of the body including the abdomen and pelvis. This is an excellent option for patients who cannot tolerate iodinated contrast. 

What are Some of the Common MR Angiography Uses? 

MR angiography is typically used to:     

  • Identify disease and aneurysms in the aorta of the chest and abdomen 
  • Further evaluate dissection or splitting in the aorta 
  • Indicate diseases in the renal artery or visualize blood flow to prepare for kidney transplant 
  • Image the pancreatic and hepato-biliary system in patients who are unable to undergo standard ERCP exams 
  • Evaluate the details of arteries feeding tumors prior to surgery or chemoembolization 

What to Expect?

The test should not take more than 30 to 60 minutes to complete. In order to better visualize the blood vessels, an injection of contrast dye may be given. 

How To Prepare for an MRA

Other than the removal of all metal, including jewelry, watches and glasses, there is no preparation needed for this test. A screening form must be filled out in advance of this test to confirm your safety. 

Note: Patients with a pacemaker and/or other specific implants are not eligible for this exam. 

How Will I Learn the Results?

A specialized body imaging radiologist and your referring physician will review and analyze the images. From there, your physician will be in touch to discuss results and determine the best next steps for your care. 

Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment at one of our convenient MRI locations, please call 888.364.6400.