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Magnetic Resonance Angiogram (MRA) of Vessels

Magnetic Resonance Angiogram (MRA) of Vessels

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Courtesy of Intermountain Medical Imaging, Boise, Idaho.

Figure 1 and Figure 2 show the normal smooth appearance of the large blood vessel (aorta) that carries blood from the heart.

Figure 3 shows a narrowed and abnormal aorta from the buildup of calcium and fat (cholesterol) in the inner lining of the artery, often called "hardening of the arteries" (atherosclerosis).

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ByHealthwise Staff

Primary Medical ReviewerRakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology

Specialist Medical ReviewerGeorge Philippides, MD - Cardiology

Current as ofSeptember 9, 2014

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