The 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 an 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.

Capitol Imaging Services has a variety of MRI systems in our arsenal of diagnostic technology. They include 3T ultra-high field MRI, 1.5T high field MRI, 1.2T high field open MRI and other open MRI scanners. These systems meet nearly every need for a medical provider, specifically subspecialists such as orthopedic surgeons, neurologists, urologists, anesthesiologists and gastroenterologists who are most likely to recommend MRI studies for their patients.

Capitol Imaging Services (CIS) performs MRI scans at over 20 locations serving the southeastern United States, from Louisiana to Florida. Nine of those locations also perform angiography studies. Capitol Imaging Services is accredited by the American College of Radiology, meeting or exceeding standards set for quality, patient safety, reporting, technology and expertise.

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