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Neck MR Angiogram- Benefits and Risks


  • Neck MR angiogram 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 damage to major blood vessels.
  • A neck MR angiogram is quick, painless, and requires no recovery period.
  • Neck MR angiogram can produce high-quality images of the many blood vessels in the neck.


  • Implanted medical devices that contain metal may malfunction or cause problems during an MRI exam. There is a very slight risk of allergic reaction if a contrast material is used.
  • Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis is currently a recognized, but extremely rare, complication of MRI believed to be caused by the injection of gadolinium-based contrast material in patients with poor kidney function.
  • Women should always inform their radiologist or technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.