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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


magnetic resonance angiography  listen  (mag-NEH-tik REH-zuh-nunts an-jee-AH-gruh-fee)

  A procedure that uses radio waves and a powerful magnet linked to a computer to create detailed pictures of the blood vessels and blood flow inside the body. A dye may be injected into a vein to make the blood vessels and blood flow easier to see. Magnetic resonance angiography may be used to check for aneurysms (a bulge in the blood vessel wall), blockages in the arteries, blood clots, and other blood vessel problems. Also called MRA.