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SMIL offers MR (magnetic resonance) angiography or MRA, a medical test that assists SMIL radiologists in identifying medical conditions related to blood vessels. MR Angiography of the face and neck creates a detailed image of your blood vessels to identify health problems.
Unlike traditional angiograms, SMIL radiologists use magnetic resonance angiography which is a far less invasive and a less painful procedure. MR angiography uses a magnetic field, radio waves and a contrast material to produce detailed images of blood vessels throughout the body. This procedure does not use ionizing radiation, and can effectively detect, diagnose and aid in the treatment of heart disorders, stroke and other blood vessel diseases.
During a face and neck MR angiography, you lie flat inside the imaging scanner, which is a large, tunnel-like tube that takes pictures of the face and neck.
Learn more about how to prepare for a MR angiography scan in the preparations for MR angiography section.
Find out if this scan is right for you in the benefits and risks of MR angiography section.
For a downloadable/printable PDF about this exam with preparation instructions click here.