A 25-year-old female asked:
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would a vad or cad ever show up on a normal cervical mri or would if have to be an mra? i am having mri head and neck and mrv brain only. tomorrow.

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
51 years experience Cardiology
VAD,CAD: I presume you mean vertebral artery disease and coronary artery disease. Neither is likely to show up on an MRI of the head and neck. If vascular calcifications are seen on the head and neck MRI this would make arterial disease in either bed more likely than if no vascular calcifications are seen but doesn't rule them out or in.
Answered on Oct 22, 2016
Dr. Charles Gordon
Specializes in Adolescent Medicine
Tests, tests: Different tests are better or worse at picking up certain things. That is expressed by the sensitivity of the test. If you are worried about detecting a vascular anomaly an angiographic exam might be best. Discuss it with the radiologist beforehand!
Answered on Oct 23, 2016

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