- Cranial vessels
- Throat vessels
- Upper thorax aperture / arms
- Aortic arch and supraaortic branches
- Thoracic aorta
- Abdominal aorta
MRI angiography allows examination of blood vessels without invasive intervention. We use the MRT to create a three-dimensional model of the vessels. This allows us to determine whether everything is “running smoothly” there. Constrictions and weak tissue (aneurysms) that could cause circulatory dysfunction, stroke, or bleeding can be detected.
The advantage of MRI angiography over conventional X-ray angiography (DSA):
The MRT angiography exam is performed in close cooperation with our registered colleagues, particularly angiologists, and can supplement their ultrasound exams. The standard exam used to be X-ray angiography. A thin tube (catheter) was inserted into the artery from the groin. While X-ray contrast agents were injected through the catheter at high pressure, X-ray images were taken to produce images of the vessel filled with contrast agent.
With MRI angiography, it is no longer necessary to insert a catheter from the groin into the artery. This eliminates the approximately four-hour stay in the outpatient clinic. For MRI angiography, a contrast agent is simply injected into the vein. X-ray radiation is not needed.
Advantages of MRI blood vessel exam
- For MRI angiography, no catheter needs to be inserted into the femoral artery. The contrast agent is simply injected into a vein in the arm.
- The exam can be performed quickly and without the outpatient stay.
- There are no problems with blood clotting or hemorrhaging.
- The contrast agent for MRI angiography does not contain iodine and can also be used in case of hyperactive thyroid.
The process does not use any X-ray radiation.