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Why would my doctor order an MRA?

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Your doctor may order this exam for different reasons that include:

  • Check for aneurysms or weakened blood vessels
  • Find plaque that blocks or narrows blood vessels
  • Look for problems with the structure of your blood vessels
  • Help to prepare for surgery, or check results after surgery
  • Locate injured blood vessels after an accident
  • Help with cancer treatment
  • Diagnose blood clots

From: What Is MRA? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American College of Radiology: "ACR-NASCI-SPR Practice Parameter for the Performance of Body MRA."

American College of Radiology: "Manual on Contrast Media V10.2."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA).”

National Jewish Health: “MRA with or without Contrast."

Radiologyinfo.org: "MR Angiography (MRA)."

Society for Vascular Surgery: "Computed Tomography Angiography (CTA) and Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) Tests.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on August 1, 2018

SOURCES:

American College of Radiology: "ACR-NASCI-SPR Practice Parameter for the Performance of Body MRA."

American College of Radiology: "Manual on Contrast Media V10.2."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA).”

National Jewish Health: “MRA with or without Contrast."

Radiologyinfo.org: "MR Angiography (MRA)."

Society for Vascular Surgery: "Computed Tomography Angiography (CTA) and Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) Tests.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on August 1, 2018

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