What is MR Angiography?

MR angiography or MRA is a specialized, computer guided procedure which 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 to expect?

The procedure usually takes 30 to 60 minutes.  An injection of dye is sometimes given to visualize the blood vessels. 

What are some of the common 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 do?

There is no preparation necessary for this test except the removal of all metal (ie: jewelry, watches, glasses, etc.).  You will be asked to fill out a screening form before the test to assure your safety. 

Note: Patients with pacemakers and certain other implants are not eligible for this exam. 

How will I learn the results?

A specialized body imaging radiologist will review and analyze the images and send a signed report to your primary care or referring physician, who will discuss the results with you. 

Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment, please call 888.364.6400.