What is Non-Contrast MRA?

Do you suffer from a medical condition that requires Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA)? If so, you may have heard of a non-contrast MRA as an option. Understanding what this type of imaging involves and how it can benefit patients is essential. This blog will cover the basics of Non-Contrast MRA, including what it is used for, how it differs from other types of MRI scans, and what you should expect when having this procedure done.

What Is Non-Contrast MRA?

Helping stroke victim with MRA

Non-Contrast MRA is a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan that uses powerful magnets and radio waves to create detailed images of the body’s internal organs and vessels. This scan does not use any contrast dye during the procedure, hence its name, “non-contrast.” The absence of contrast dye makes this safer for certain patients at risk for adverse reactions to contrast materials, such as those with kidney disease or diabetes.

What is Non-Contrast MRA Used For?

Non-Contrast MRA is typically used to diagnose vascular diseases such as aneurysms, arterial blockages, stroke, and other conditions related to blood vessel damage. It can also monitor the progression or regression of existing heart or vascular conditions over time. Additionally, Non-Contrast MRA can provide doctors with valuable information about any abnormalities in the heart valves or blood vessels that may be causing symptoms such as chest pain or shortness of breath.

How Should I Prepare for a Non-Contrast MRA?

Before having your Non-Contrast MRI scan done, your doctor will likely ask you some questions regarding your current health status and whether you have ever had any reactions to contrast dye in the past. Be sure to disclose all relevant information, so your doctor has enough information to determine if this type of scan is right for you. Additionally, make sure you follow all instructions given by your doctor before having this procedure done—this may include avoiding eating anything 8 hours before the test and drinking plenty of fluids after it’s complete.
Non-Contrast MRA scans are essential for diagnosing vascular diseases and monitoring the progression or regression of existing cardiac conditions quickly and safely without using any contrast dye. They’re non-invasive and one of the newer innovations in the field of imaging.

Contact ImageCare Radiology

If your doctor schedules an MRI or any type of imaging, call ImageCare Centers immediately. We offer state-of-the-art imaging at a fraction of the cost of hospitals and urgent care clinics. Let us help you through your imaging test from start to finish. Our trained technicians provide reassurance and guidance along the way. Contact us today at 973-871-3333 to schedule an appointment or complete our convenient online appointment request form.