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.
- Leave all valuables at home.
- You may follow your regular daily routine and take medications as usual.
- If you have any medication patches, nictoine patches, continuous glucose monitors, or Neulasta, you will need to remove these before having your exam.
- If you are currently breastfeeding, please inform scheduling or technical staff.
- 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.
- You will be asked to remove all clothing and piercings, including permanent piercings, hair pins, magnetic lashes, etc. and change into a hospital-approved attire for the exam.
- If you have metallic or electronic devices implanted in your body, you will be asked to complete a screening questionnaire prior to your imaging, please bring all implant documentation with you.
- 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 .