Lake Imaging offers MR Angiography at:
- St John of God Hospital – Geelong (see map) Request an appointment
- St John of God Hospital – Ballarat (see map) Request an appointment
- Ballarat MRI (see map) Request an appointment
- Warrnambool (see map) Request an appointment
About MR Angiography
Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) or an MRI Angiogram is used to examine the health and function of major blood vessels such as the arteries and veins of the heart and brain.
For instance, an MR angiogram of the aorta—the main artery carrying oxygenated blood from your heart—can provide valuable information to your doctor about your aorta's size, its wall integrity, and any presence of damage or disease.
Furthermore, an MRA can detect narrowing of the major vessels to your head and neck, and measure the rate of blood flow through the vessels.
The excellent quality of images produced by MRA is also beneficial in assessing congenital abnormalities of veins and arteries, and aneurysms of the brain.
Your appointment and preparation
A referral from your doctor and an appointment is required for an MR Angiography examination.
Be sure to read the Important MRI Patient Information here.
What to expect during my procedure
When you attend your appointment you will be asked to answer a series of questions, remove any jewellery and change into an examination gown. Then the scanning procedure will be explained to you.
It can take between 30 - 60 minutes to complete an MRA, depending on the particular area being examined.
For your MRA procedure, you may require an injection of the safe contrast solution, gadolinium, into your arm vein to enhance the detail of the images produced.
What are the risks and side effects?
There are no known side effects from MRA. Be sure to read the Important MRI Patient Information here.
Who will perform my MRA and write the report?
A qualified medical imaging technologist, trained in all aspects of MRI scanning, will perform your MRA at Lake Imaging.
Then, a radiologist specialising in MRA imaging will interpret your scans and provide a comprehensive report on the findings to your doctor.
We recommend that you make an appointment with your referring doctor to discuss the results of your MR angiogram.
What should I expect after my MR Angiography procedure?
After the MRA examination you should be able to resume your normal activities immediately.
How do I obtain my results?
If the results of your MRA are required urgently or you have an appointment with your doctor straight after the examination, please let the Lake Imaging staff know in advance. Otherwise the results of your MRA will be sent directly to your referring doctor typically within 48 hours.
Please ensure that you make a follow up appointment with your referring doctor or health care provider to discuss your MRA results.