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Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) is a non-invasive medical test that uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to take pictures of blood vessels throughout the body.
Dignity Health Heart and Vascular Institute of Greater Sacramento provides exceptional diagnostics for our heart and vascular patients. Our physicians use the latest technology to ensure an accurate diagnosis so we can provide you with the best course of treatment available.
Magnetic Resonance Angiogram (MRA) combines the use of strong magnets and radio waves to take a picture inside your body that can be viewed on a video screen. Doctors use MRA to look at your arteries and blood vessels.
MRA is used to:
During an MRA , you will lie down on a platform that slides into the MRI machine, which is a chamber shaped liked a long tube. The whole procedure may take 30 to 60 minutes. Here's what to expect:
The magnet used in MRA can cause metal objects in your body to move or heat up. Metal can also distort the image. Be sure to tell the radiologist or technologist if you:
When you go in for the procedure, you will be asked to remove hair clips, jewelry, dentures, and other metal items that could affect the image. You may also be asked to remove makeup, which can contain metal.
Also tell the technologist if: