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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

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

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Does an mri/mra with contrast damage the kidneys?

Does an mri/mra with contrast damage the kidneys?

Safe test: See radiologyinfo. Org. If you have kidney disease you are at risk for reaction. They will check your labs. ...Read more

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What do doctors inject you with when doing an MRI and mra?

What do doctors inject you with when doing an MRI and mra?

Gadolinium: The contrast agents used during an MRI all contain gadolinium which is a rare earth element. The gadolinium is chelated so that it is less toxic and can be excreted through the kidneys. It functions to increase contrast between structures and can highlight abnormal structures and masses. ...Read more

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21 y/o with severe vertigo. MRI was normal other than 2 small white lesions. Is an MRA also warranted?

21 y/o with severe vertigo. MRI was normal other than 2 small white lesions. Is an MRA also warranted?

Yes get further eval: Hi, At 21 yo, "white lesions" in the brain are not normal. I recommend further evaluation. 1 thing to consider is migraines (can cause lesions) and also consider arterial insufficiency, in particular posterior circulation. The MRA can evaluate the vascular supply and I feel you should have neck and head MRA.
Best of luck and get better soon. ...Read more

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Prone to allergic reactions to meds. Having an mra w/contrast soon. Never had bad reaction from MRI contrasts before, but more allergies now. Concern?

Prone to allergic reactions to meds. Having an mra w/contrast soon. Never had bad reaction from MRI contrasts before, but more allergies now. Concern?

Gadolinium contrast: Allergy is very rare: according to this,

http://www. Medicalnewstoday. Com/releases/92774.Php

there were 54 reactions to over 78000 injections reported, almost all mild. ...Read more

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Having so much headaches & pains in your head everyday or every other day can this cause u to have a anuersyum? I've had mra dec2012 & MRI 4-18-13 norma

Having so much headaches & pains in your head everyday or every other day can this cause u to have a anuersyum? I've had mra dec2012 & MRI 4-18-13 norma

Aneurysms: Are a very uncommon cause of headaches and then usually do so when they begin leaking blood. Your mra and MRI results show no problems and you should consider seeing a neurologist who specializes in treating headaches. ...Read more

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I'm going to lose it already these pain n my head& all these ha's r gettin to me I've had a MRI 4-18-2013& mra normal I'm scared 4 my life at this poi?

Headaches: Can be frightening and extremely painful. The fact that you have normal tests is great news. Now your doctor can narrow down the kind of headache you have and offer the best treatment. If you need a second opinion, seek out a neurologist who specializes in headaches. ...Read more

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What are the differences between an mri, mra and mrcp?

What are the differences between an mri, mra and mrcp?

See below: These tests are used to look at different structures in the body. Mri can look at soft tissues, brain, spine, joints and others. Mra looks at vessels. Mrcp looks at the bile ducts in the liver and the pancreatic ducts. ...Read more

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My MRI and MRA were normal, but I still have the symptoms of arteritis. Is there anything that mimics this condition?

My MRI and MRA were normal, but I still have the symptoms of arteritis. Is there anything that mimics this condition?

Headache: CLuster headaches, tension head aches, aneurysms, tumors, and migraine variants could mimic arteritis symptoms. Serious conditions have since been eliminated with normal MRI and MRA. Electrolyte abnormalities and medication side effects could also cause symptoms. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I had a MRI and mra, in 2 areas there are circles around areas with arrows pointing to the areas. What does this mean?

Radiologist's sign: I suspect you're seeing a mark placed by the radiologist (doc who read films) to mark something. Did you get the printed report? That would clue you in to what they were marking, noting. ...Read more

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So since I've had a MRI on 4-18-13 I shouldn't worry bout these pains n my head they feel deep & shooting pains n my head had mra in dec2012 scared?

Imaging studies: Mri/mra are diagnostic aids which do not necessarily always provide a clear answer to the problem being investigated. That is part of the art of medicine, in which an experienced clinician is able to utilize multiple skills to investigate and solve a problem. See a good neurologist and have them advise you. Hope this works out soon. ...Read more

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Docs, could a radiologist read MRI for mra purposes?

Docs, could a radiologist read MRI for mra purposes?

No: No, MRA requires special techniques that are not used for routine MRI. May get some limited information about the vessels on routine MRI, but it does not approach what MRA provides. ...Read more

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Can you please explain the mri/mra results of the brain?

Can you please explain the mri/mra results of the brain?

Results: Can you post some of the specifics? Or, message a HealthTap doc for a more in depth discussion. ...Read more

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Is it bad that I'm feeling a constant pain n my head that comes & goes & it's in a diff spot everytime had normal MRI 4-18-13 & normal mra dec2012?

Is it bad that I'm feeling a constant pain n my head that comes & goes & it's in a diff spot everytime had normal MRI 4-18-13 & normal mra dec2012?

Chronic migraine: Migraine characteristically migrates around the head for some people. If you have headaches more than 15 days a month, this qualifies them as chronic migraines. A migraine prophylactic med will help reduce the frequency and severity of these headaches. Meanwhile, avoid rebound headache--don't take "only-as-needed" pain meds more than 12 days per month. ...Read more

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