MR Angiography of Pelvis

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Overview Brief

Magnetic Resonance Angiography or MRA is a test that allows the doctors to view inside the body and evaluate the condition of the blood vessels. The test reveals details that help doctors to make an accurate diagnosis in cases of stroke, heart disease, blood clots, and other similar conditions.

What is MR Angiography of Pelvis?

 MRA of Pelvis is a non-invasive exam that uses powerful magnets and radio waves to create images of the blood vessels in the pelvic region. It is used to screen people for arterial disease or to identify specific arteries that are feeding a tumor.

The MRA generally supplements other diagnostic tools like ultrasound, regular X-ray, or CT scan in providing information that a doctor would need before surgery or radiation therapy.

How is MR Angiography of Pelvis performed?

The MRA is done inside a closed chamber through which the examination table slides in and out. The patient lies flat on the examination table while the magnetic field and radio waves surround the body and create the images. A contrast dye may be used as an injectable to help improve the quality of the images. The painless procedure may last anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes.

Side effects/risks of  MR Angiography of Pelvis

MRAs are extremely safe and can be performed repeatedly. The only complication that might arise is those related to an allergic reaction to the dye and sedatives if given.

Preparation before performing MR Angiography of Pelvis

The doctor needs to be Informed about any prior medical conditions, including kidney disease, allergies, and asthma. You will be

  • asked to remove any metal objects
  • given a mild sedative to help you relax if you are claustrophobic.

Post-care after MR Angiography of Pelvis

 In case you were given a sedative,

  • do not drive or take public transport.
  • Have someone with you for 24 hours afterward.
  • Do not operate machinery on the day of the scan.

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