Magnetic Resonance Angiogram (MRA)
Why It Is Done
A magnetic resonance angiogram (MRA) is done to look for:
- A bulge (Reference aneurysm Opens New Window), clot, or the buildup of fat and calcium deposits (stenosis caused by plaque) in the blood vessels leading to the brain.
- An aneurysm or tear (Reference dissection Opens New Window) in the Reference aorta Opens New Window, which carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body.
- Narrowing (stenosis) of the blood vessels leading to the heart, lungs, kidneys, or legs.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference June 13, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Reference George Philippides, MD - Cardiology