MRA of the Brain

Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) helps doctors diagnose and treat medical conditions. MRA uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed pictures of your arteries.

Procedure

  • You will be positioned on a moveable examination table.
  • You will be given earplugs to reduce the noise of the scanner, which produces loud thumping/tapping and humming noises during imaging.
  • A device that contains coils will be placed around your head.
  • You will be asked to remain still during the exam.
  • The moveable table will slide into the MRI scanner.
  • The technologist will then leave the room but will be able to see, hear and speak to you at all times using a two-way intercom.

Preparation

  • Leave all valuables at home.
  • You may be asked to wear a gown for the exam or you may be allowed to wear your own clothing if it is loose fitting and has no metal on it.
  • You may follow your regular daily routine and take medications as usual.
  • Arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment with a prescription if your doctor has given one to you, insurance card, identification and a list of your current medications.
  • Bring product ID card for any implantable devices.

Considerations

  • The only cardiac pacemaker allowed for a MRI is the SureScan Pacing System by Metronic. If you have any other defibrillator or cardiac pacemaker, you cannot have the MRI.
  • If you have metallic or electronic device implanted in your body, you must have documentation stating what they are.
  • Please note that our MRI equipment has a table weight limit of 350 lbs.
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