MRAPhillips 3T MRI 3The difference between an Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and an MRA is that an MRA is used specifically to examine blood vessels. An MRI is performed to examine other parts of the body including the abdomen, chest, pelvis and internal organs.

If you or someone you love has suffered from a blood clot, stroke, heart disease, or similar health problem, a doctor may recommend a Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) exam.

An MRI and an MRA are actually the same test. The only difference is the application of the technology. Unlike X-rays, which use ionizing radiation to create medical images, both the MRI and MRA use powerful magnets and radio waves to create images of the inside of the body.

In many cases, the MRA provides information that a doctor cannot detect in an ultrasound, regular X-ray, or Computed Tomography (CT) scan. The exam is also noninvasive, and the images may be stored on computer or printed on film.

MRI is performed at all DIS locations. MRA is performed in five DIS facilities: Metairie – Veterans Memorial Boulevard and Houma Boulevard, Marrero, Slidell and Covington – Highway 21 centers.

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