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Overview

MR Angiography Brain (MRA Brain) allows the doctor to see inside the blood vessels of the brain to check for aneurysms, blood clots, injuries to blood vessels, and other conditions.

What is MR Angiography Brain?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a test in which radio waves, a magnetic field, and a computer scan body parts to detect health problems. MR Angiography Brain is a particular type of MRI that looks specifically at the blood vessels of the brain.

How is MR Angiography Brain performed?

MR Angiography Brain is performed in the following steps:

  • The patient lies on an exam table that is slid into a large circular area, which is the magnetic field.
  • The lab technician helps the patient in positioning themselves.
  • The patient has to stay still during the test and may be asked to hold their breath intermittently.
  • The lab technician talks to the patient and captures several images.
  • A special dye may be injected into the patient’s vein for a clearer image.

Side Effects/Risks of MR Angiography Brain

The risks of MR Angiography Brain can include

  • Discomfort from IV insertion in the patient’s bloodstream.
  • Harm from metal objects or implants on the patient’s body.
  • An allergic reaction to the dye, which affects tissues of the entire body, including the skin, lungs, joints, and liver.

Preparation before performing MR Angiography Brain

There are no special dietary preparations necessary before going for MR Angiography Brain. The patients should, however,

  • Change into a gown provided by the lab.
  • Inform the doctor or technician about metal objects on or in their body before the scanning procedure begins.

Post-care after MR Angiography Brain

No post-care is necessary after performing MR Angiography Brain.

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