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Can an mri scan "without contrast material" detect accurately an aortic aneurism?if it cannot, why?what are the side effects&harm caused by this mri?

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Dr. Mary Callahan
Cardiology 30 years experience
Aortic aneurysm: An MRI can detect an aortic aneurysm as long as the scan is done on the chest or abdomen. No additional contrast is needed for this, it can be evaluated with changes in the scan itself. However, for a CT scan to evaluate an aneurysm, contrast needs to be given

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