Important Things to Know About MRA
Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) is a type of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). An MRA provides detailed images of blood vessels without the use of catheters or surgery. Like MRI, MRA is safe and painless.
During an MRA scan, you lie on a cushioned table that moves into the scanner. An injected contrast agent may be used to make blood vessels more visible on your images. These contrast agents rarely cause allergic reactions
Arrive thirty minutes early to complete paperwork. Inform your referring physician if you have ever experienced claustrophobia. If necessary, your doctor can prescribe a mild sedative before your appointment. If you receive medication, bring someone to drive you home.
- Contact us to find out if you have any restrictions on what you can eat and drink before your appointment.
- Take your regular medications prior to your exam.
- Bring your insurance information, as well as any applicable diagnostic films.
- Leave valuables at home. No metal objects can be worn during your scan (such as watches, jewelry, keys or cell phone).
- You may be asked to wear a hospital gown or your own clothing if there are no metal snaps or zippers.
Notify our staff in advance if you:
- Have implanted devices
- Have any serious health problems
- Have had any surgery within the last eight weeks
- Have ever had surgery on your brain, ears, eyes or heart
- Have metal in your eyes, or work with metals
- Have a bone or joint replacement or any prosthesis
- Are or may be pregnant or breastfeeding
- Weigh more than 350 pounds
Once your scan is complete, you may resume normal activities and diet. If you had a contrast injection, the technologist will give you additional instructions in case of discomfort or delayed reaction.