Today, MR angiography is the method of choice to display arterial vessels. Both the blood vessels in the neck and head and those in the rest of the body can be excellently examined by MR angiography.
Thanks to the high-resolution spatial imaging of these modern devices, changes in the smallest of blood vessels can be precisely detected on time.
Risky catheter examinations, which used to be necessary, have been replaced by non-invasive MR angiography owing to technical advancements in diagnosis.
To conduct an MRI scan, the patient only has to have a contrast agent injected into his or her veins. This contrast agent spreads throughout the blood vessels, enabling us to capture an image of them.
This type of examination is preferred in the diagnosis of circulatory disorders in the peripheral arteries (peripheral artery occlusive disease, PAOD) or in the neck vessels supplying the brain (pending stroke).
Reasons against an MRI examination
The examination is almost always unsuitable for those with a pacemaker, defibrillator, or cochlear implant. On occasion, however, some pacemakers are implanted nowadays with which you can still undergo an MRI scan. When you have metallic foreign elements in your body, such as joint replacements, metallic splinters, stent grafts, surgical clips, and during pregnancy, we must decide on a case-by-case basis whether MR angiography is sensible or even possible. In the case of severe disorders of the kidneys (based on the latest creatinine value), an examination cannot be conducted with a contrast agent. However, making an image of your blood vessels is sometimes possible without a contrast agent. If you have a known allergy to contrast agents, then we kindly ask you to inform us so that we can take appropriate measures.
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