MR Angiography or Magnetic Resonance Angiography is a method that examines any diseases related to blood vessels by using magnetic fields beside the radio waves.
What is MR Angiography?
MR Angiography does not use the iodine as a contrast material but uses gadolinium.
- MR Angiography does not use X-rays.
- It uses a powerful magnetic field in combination with radio waves which produce detailed pictures with the help of a computer.
- It is used to evaluate arteriovenous abnormalities.
- It evaluates abdominal aortic malformations or aneurysms.
All the major arteries and blood vessels can be demonstrated with this method.
How is MR Angiography performed?
MR Angiography starts with the patient being made to lie on his back on the table.
- Coils that can send and receive radio waves are placed/stuck around the part of the body which needs to be scanned.
- In the case of using contrast material, a catheter will be injected in the vein.
- The patient is sent into the MRI unit or scanner which would produce screenshots on the computer.
- After the successful capture of images, the IV line will be removed.
The process lasts for about an hour.
Side effects/risks of MR Angiography
People undergoing MR Angiography may face the following risks:
- Discomfort to lie still.
- The already placed medical implants may malfunction.
- Patients with kidney diseases should inform the radiologist beforehand about their condition.
- Feeling claustrophobic is another side effect people may experience.
Preparation before performing MR Angiography
Preparatory measures for MR Angiography are:
- Informing the radiologist of any medical condition which the patient is already suffering from.
- Women should indicate if they are pregnant or expecting pregnancy.
Post-care after MR Angiography
MR Angiography post-care includes the following:
- Nursing mothers may be asked to not breastfeed the baby for at least 24 hours from the time of the scan.
- Patients with kidney problems should monitor them by following up with the doctor.
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