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Abdomen MR Angiography- Benefits and Risks


  • Abdomen MRI angiography is a noninvasive imaging technique that does not involve exposure to ionizing radiation.
  • Detailed images of blood vessels and blood flow are obtained without having to insert a catheter into the blood vessels, so that there is no risk of damaging a major blood vessel.
  • The MRI angiography procedure itself may be shorter than a traditional catheter angiogram and requires no recovery period.
  • MR angiography is less costly than catheter angiography.
  • MR angiography can provide high-quality images of many blood vessels even without using contrast material, making it very useful for patients prone to allergic reactions or with reduced kidney function.
  • The contrast material used in MRI exams is less likely to produce an allergic reaction than the iodine-based contrast materials used for conventional x-rays and CT imaging.


  • The MRI examination poses almost no risk to the average patient.
  • Some patients experience greater claustrophobia with an MRI exam.
  • If sedation is used, there are risks of excessive sedation. The technologist or nurse monitors your vital signs to minimize this risk.
  • There is a very slight risk of an allergic reaction if contrast material is injected. If you experience allergic symptoms, a radiologist or other physician will be available for immediate assistance.
  • Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis is a serious, but rare complication believed to be caused by the injection of gadolinium contrast material in patients with very poor kidney function.