Brain MRA Scan
A brain MRA scan or MRA of the brain is an effective diagnostic tool for neurological imaging that can help determine the smallest signs of a neurological condition or disease. Additionally, a brain MRA scan can help gauge the severity of a brain injury from an accident or trauma. At Park Avenue Radiologists, we combine state-of-the-art brain imaging technology with unparalleled patient care to provide the best brain MRA services.
A magnetic resonance angiogram (MRA) is an imaging study used to aid in the diagnosis of neuro-vascular issues. This study allows for the arterial and venous blood supply and flow to the brain to be visualized, which can help to identify aneurysms and vascular malformations. Unlike traditional angiography that involves placing a tube (catheter) into the body, MRA is noninvasive and does not cause any physical discomfort.
What is a brain MRA scan?
A brain MRA scan, also known as magnetic resonance angiogram, is a neurological imaging tool that can help our radiologists diagnose various neurovascular conditions. A brain MRA scan allows for the arterial and venous blood flow to the brain to be visualized. Traditional angiograms require a catheter to be placed, but a brain MRA scan is a noninvasive neurological imaging tool that does not require an uncomfortable or painful catheter. Although an MRA may seem similar to a brain MRI, a brain MRA outlines the blood vessels and arteries to help diagnose medical conditions involving the veins, such as brain aneurysms.
What can a brain MRA scan help diagnose?
Our radiologists can examine the blood vessels of the brain to help identify any aneurysms or abnormalities. Disease or conditions of the arteries may also be diagnosed through a magnetic resonance angiogram of the brain. While a brain MRA scan can help looking for diseases and conditions of the arteries, veins, and tissues, it can also be used to help plan future brain surgery. Our radiologists can analyze arteries and veins that move blood to a tumor prior to surgery. Neurologists use MRA of the brain to examine the carotid arteries of the neck and the cerebral vessels of the brain.
What can I expect from a brain MRA scan?
You will begin your brain MRA scan by lying down on the procedure table and entering the MRA machine. A brain MRA can be performed in an MRI machine. Our open-bore MRI machines are spacious and comfortable to reduce any feelings of anxiety or discomfort. During your brain MRA scan, you will be able to speak with a member of our staff through a built-in speaker within the machine. It is important to remain as still as possible during your brain MRA scan so that our radiologists are able to obtain the clearest images possible.
How long does a brain MRA scan take, and when will I get my results?
The entire process of a brain MRA scan may take sixty to seventy minutes and can vary depending on your particular case. If you have difficulty staying still while photos are being taken, our radiologists may have to retake certain series of photos. Our team of radiologists will begin to assess and analyze your brain MRA results. As soon as your brain MRA results are available, a member of our staff will contact your neurologist with a copy of your results.
How can I learn more about a brain MRA scan?
Our radiologists at Park Avenue Radiologists would be happy to discuss a brain MRA scan with you. For an appointment or additional information, please call 212.888.1000, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or request an appointment online.