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Had cardiac mri/mra would it of shown aortoc dilation?

Had cardiac mri/mra would it of shown aortoc dilation?

Yes: A cardiac mri/mra is an excellent test to measure the size of the blood vessels in the chest, including the aorta. If your aorta is dilated, the mra would have demonstrated the dilation. ...Read more

Dr. Sheila Smith
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Mri (Definition)

Mri or magnetic resonance imaging is one of the more recently developed imaging modalities available to physicians. It uses powerful magnets to generate images. There is no ionizing radiation which is a major advantage over many other modalities. Mri is the best imaging exam that we have for most soft tissue and joint related problems. There are radiologists ...Read more


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Can a cardiac MRI/MRA see blocked arteries? And what does it show exactly?

Can a cardiac MRI/MRA see blocked arteries? And what does it show exactly?

YES!!: A cardiac MRA was designed to show if there are "blocked" arteries... And it is never a replacement for an Angiogram ...Read more

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Can a cardiac MRI / MRA with contrast done at the mayo clinic see blocked arteries?

Can a cardiac MRI / MRA with contrast done at the mayo clinic see blocked arteries?

Not so well: The test you want is a CTA (CT angiogram), not an MRA. The reason is-MR acquisition is slow and the heart is a moving structure. 64 slice CT is very fast and can capture details despite cardiac motion. (My opinion: the Mayo clinic is the best in the world! Good choice!) ...Read more

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How well can a cardiac mri/mra test for a shunt? Is it a good test for a shunt in the heart? Accurate?

How well can a cardiac mri/mra test for a shunt? Is it a good test for a shunt in the heart? Accurate?

Cardiac MRI...: It can be used when there are inconclusive results in a regular echocardiogram and also to get measures that are not that obvious in the other test. It can also delineate structural problems in a more defined way. ...Read more

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Cardiac MRI/MRA/MR with IV gadolinium vs TEE echo to look for a vsd or asd, which test is more accurate? To look for a hole in the heart?

Cardiac MRI/MRA/MR with IV gadolinium vs TEE echo to look for a vsd or asd, which test is more accurate? To look for a hole in the heart?

Cardiac Abnormality: The TEE echo will give you a better look at what is going on with the heart as fare as structure. However, you may have to have several test done to confirm and determine function. Discuss all of your questions and concerns with your cardiologist. Good Luck and feel better soon ...Read more

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When measuring ascending aorta size (horiz)from sinotobular junction to innominate artery is cardiac mri/mra for morphology more accurate test than cta?

When measuring ascending aorta size (horiz)from sinotobular junction to innominate artery is cardiac mri/mra for morphology more accurate test than cta?

Depends: Done properly, ideally with ECG gating, an aortic MRA is equivalent to an aortic CTA. The opinion from some vascular docs is an overestimation on MRA. This was probably from movement artifact and older scanners. The benefit of MRA is the lack of iodinated contrast and lack of radiation. It is in routine use at many large medical facilities to periodically track aortic enlargement- kids/adults ...Read more

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Will a cardiac mri/mra show congested heart failure, blocked arteries, etc? What all will it show?

Will a cardiac mri/mra show congested heart failure, blocked arteries, etc? What all will it show?

It Varies: Cardiac MRI will show heart function, valves, and if they give contrast, can show evidence of prior heart attacks. Sometimes it can show blocked arteries, but it's not the best study to look at these. ...Read more

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Ct angio 64 slice, stress echo, 3d echo, cardiac MRI/MRA. None of these fan detect soft plaque correct? What non invasive test can?

Ct angio 64 slice, stress echo, 3d echo, cardiac MRI/MRA. None of these fan detect soft plaque correct? What non invasive test can?

Plaque detection: CT angio and MRA are capable of detecting plaque in an artery. Plaque will show as irregularity and varying cross-section. Whether soft or hard. ...Read more

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Best non invasive test to check coronary arteries? Ct angio, stress echo and cardiac MRI MRA? Any better non invasive testing to check coronary art?

Best non invasive test to check coronary arteries? Ct angio, stress echo and cardiac MRI MRA? Any better non invasive testing to check coronary art?

Tests: Each of the tests listed has specific strengths and weaknesses. The choice of study depends on the specific information desired by the ordering physician and the capabilities of the performing laboratory. CT angio in many cases will produce the best images of the arteries of the three, MRA has its specific indications and stress echo doesn't show the vessels but shows the effects of serious ischem ...Read more

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3D echo, chest Ct with contrast and cardiac MRI MRA MR with gadolinium. Could all 3 miss a vsd or asd? Done at mayo in arizona. I have a CHD PAPVR.

3D echo, chest Ct with contrast and cardiac MRI MRA MR with gadolinium. Could all 3 miss a vsd or asd? Done at mayo in arizona. I have a CHD PAPVR.

Studies: It is always possible to miss something, even with multiple studies. It is not likely to miss a substantial ASD or VSD with all three studies. You should discuss with your Docs, they can explain to you what your situation is. ...Read more

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22 had ecg, stress ecg, cardiac mri/mra, 24h ecg, echo. For chest pain when excercising. Does this rule out congenital coronary anomalies?

22 had ecg, stress ecg, cardiac mri/mra, 24h ecg, echo. For chest pain when excercising. Does this rule out congenital coronary anomalies?

You have already: Undergone many of the tests to exclude any ischemia to heart muscle, but the only way to rule out any congenital coronary artery anomalies is by angiogram. Talk with your cardiologist, but chance of finding any significant anomalies seem small to me with all negative results so far. ...Read more

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Chest pain exercise goes when stop almost instant. Had ecg, stress ecg, echo, cardiac mri/mra, 24h ecg. Age started 18 nw 22. Should I have CT angio?

Chest pain exercise goes when stop almost instant. Had ecg, stress ecg, echo, cardiac mri/mra, 24h ecg. Age started 18 nw 22. Should I have CT angio?

Something else?: Have you been evaluated for asthma/ reactive airway disease? If all the cardiac tests have been negative, maybe there is something else causing your pain. Ct angio would likely be redundant at this point. ...Read more

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I had a stress echo a 3d echo and a cardiac MRI/MRA at the mayo clinic Would this not rule out blockage? I have chest pain but they say from GERD&POTS

I had a stress echo a 3d echo and a cardiac MRI/MRA at the mayo clinic Would this not rule out blockage? I have chest pain but they say from GERD&POTS

Questions & answers: I'm curious why the folks at Mayo would indulge a 26-year-old with all those expensive tests when the chances of "blockage" are so remote. Sounds like "blockage" WAS ruled out and you want to believe it but don't. Anxiety is strictly defined as irrational worry. My advice: Find something else to worry about, or better yet, seek treatment to help you overcome your anxiety (or maybe it's OCD?). ...Read more

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22 chest pain exersise since 18. Had ecg, stress ecg, cardiac mri/mra, echo, 24h ecg. Should I have CT angiogram? No family history.

No: Your stress test has been normal. At your age it is unlikely that your pain is related to coronary heart disease therefore no need for ct angiography. ...Read more

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How accurate is a cardiac MRI and MRA done using IV gadolinium? Checking for asd vsd and any other hole in the heart?

Tests: The question is not as simple as you might think. We have multiple tests available, how good the test result is depends on the lab doing it, the equipment and many other factors. Your Doc should be quite familiar with the form of testing the Doc is comfortable with in your area. MRI/MRA is a good imaging technique in proficient hands. TEE and CT are also good techniques, discuss with your Doc ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Cardiac (Definition)

Cardiac translates literally to "heart, " and any place the term is seen, such ...Read more


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