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What is an MRA?

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Intracranial MRA

MRA stands for magnetic resonance angiography. It is an MRI study of the blood vessels. MRAs are used to assess abnormalities in the blood vessels of patients with a history of stroke, aneurysm, heart disease, and atherosclerotic vascular disease.

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Why might my doctor recommend an MRA?

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Your doctor might recommend an MRA if you suffer from frequent headaches. Often, MRAs also are used to evaluate problems with blood vessels such as disease and narrowing or enlargement. Additionally, MRA is helpful in detecting disease in arteries supplying blood to the brain and the development of atherosclerosis, a condition that can lead to stroke. MRA is a useful tool to detect aneurysms and evaluate your veins.