MR Angiography (MRA)

MR Angiography (MRA) is as special kind of MRI study that examines the blood vessels. This exam can be used to examine blood vessels in key areas of the body, including the:

  • Brain
  • Neck
  • Heart
  • Chest
  • Abdomen (such as the kidneys and liver)
  • Pelvis
  • Legs and feet
  • Arms and hands

Doctors use an MRA to detect and diagnose vascular disease, including atherosclerosis (plaque/hardening of the arteries), heart disorders, stroke and blood vessel diseases.

MRI arthrography exams are available at the following Advanced Radiology locations

Call to Schedule: 203-337-XRAY (9729)

HIGH FIELD WIDE-BORE MRI:

Fairfield – 1055 Post Road
Stamford – 1259 E Main Street
Trumbull – 15 Corporate Drive

HIGH FIELD MRI:

Shelton – 4 Corporate Drive, Suite 182
Stratford – 2876 Main Street

Most surgical implants are safe to scan but please notify your physician and the technologist if you have had any procedures with an implanted device. Some examples of surgical implanted devices are listed below. If you are not sure if your device is safe please call us before your exam.

  • Have a pacemaker, stent, artificial heart valves, vascular implant or neuro stimulator
  • Have had surgery to add any foreign material to your body that is plastic, wire or metal, including metallic chips, surgical or brain aneurysm clips, metallic ear implants, artificial joints, metallic bone plates, or prosthetic devices)
  • Have chemotherapy or insulin pumps
  • Had an injury to the body that involves metal objects (bullets, shrapnel, etc.)
  • Had an injury to the eye involving metal (grinding metal)
  • Had prior surgeries

Preparation

You should fast—have no food—for the 4 hours prior to the exam. You may have clear liquids up to 1 hour before your exam.

NOTE FOR PEDIATRIC PATIENTS: Advanced Radiology offers MRI studies for children older than 6 years of age who are able to remain still during the exam.