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.

Preparation

  • Leave all valuables at home.
  • You may follow your regular daily routine and take medications as usual.
  • Arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment with an order/paperwork 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 .
  • You will be asked to change into a hospital-approved gown for the exam.

Considerations

  • If you have metallic or electronic devices implanted in your body, you must have documentation stating what they are.

Procedure

  • You will be positioned on a movable examination table.
  • You will be given earplugs to reduce the noise of the scanner, which can be very noisy.
  • A helmet-like device will be placed around your head .
  • You will be asked to remain still during the exam.
  • The movable table will slide into the MRI scanner.
  • The technologist will then leave the room but will always be able to see and speak to you using a two-way intercom .
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