Magnetic Resonance Imaging Angiography, commonly known as MRA, is used to detect blockages and bulges i.e. the causes for the interrupted flow of blood by obtaining images of the blood vessels.
What is an MRI Angio Left Upper Limb?
The MRI Angio Left Upper Limb is performed to study the patient’s arteries in the left lower limb by administering a contracts dye intravenously. An angiogram is used to study the blood flow in the arteries. The contrast used is usually made out of gadolinium and helps to visualize images clearly. Abnormal images indicate aneurysms, bursitis, cancer or tumor etc. Doctors recommend MRA of the Upper Limb in cases of a chronic arm or wrist pain.
How is an MRI Angio Left Upper Limb performed?
The MRA procedure usually lasts from about 30 minutes to an hour, but could sometimes last longer.
- All metallic items are removed from the patient’s body including jewelry, mobile phones, pins, etc.
- The patient is most often required to wear a gown.
- The patient is made to lie face-up on a moving table that moves into the MRI Scanner.
- The entire body or the left upper limb will be inside the scanner.
Side effects/ risks of an MRI Angio Left Upper Limb
The MRI Angio Left Upper Limb is a non-invasive procedure that does not produce any ionizing radiation.
- In cases of claustrophobia, anti-anxiety medication is provided prior to the procedure.
- The gadolinium dye is less likely to cause an allergic reaction as compared to iodine, which is used in the CT Scan.
Preparation before performing an MRI Angio Left Upper Limb
The MRI Angio Left Upper Limb requires minimal preparation:
- Inform the doctor if you are pregnant, have implants, kidney problems, diabetes, allergies etc.
- No metal is permitted inside the MRI Room including cell phones, body piercings, cochlear implants, wigs or dental work.
Post-care after a MRI Angio Left Upper Limb
The MRI Angio Left Upper Limb does not cause any symptoms that require recovery. Consult a doctor on mfine to find if you need to take the MRI Angio Left Upper Limb.
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