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Can an MRI with and without contrast detect a brain aneurysm? I have chiari 7mm and a neurofibroma at c6&c7. Friend of mine had one rupture may die

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In brief: Depends on the size

The best MRI study is an mra (angiogram) but even this misses aneurysms less than 3mm

In brief: Depends on the size

The best MRI study is an mra (angiogram) but even this misses aneurysms less than 3mm
Dr. Richard Jackson
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Dr. Michael Chen
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In brief: Yes

It has to be an MRA, magnetic resonance angiogram, which looks at the blood vessels and not just the brain tissue, which would be a MRI.
CTA can also be done but that involves ionizing radiation. Catheter cerebral angiography is invasive but provides the best information. For screening purposes, MRI/MRA would be the preferred test for brain aneurysms. Please refer to www.chicagoaneurysm.com

In brief: Yes

It has to be an MRA, magnetic resonance angiogram, which looks at the blood vessels and not just the brain tissue, which would be a MRI.
CTA can also be done but that involves ionizing radiation. Catheter cerebral angiography is invasive but provides the best information. For screening purposes, MRI/MRA would be the preferred test for brain aneurysms. Please refer to www.chicagoaneurysm.com
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