Courtesy of Intermountain Medical Imaging, Boise, Idaho.
Figure 1 and Figure 2 show MRAs of the normal smooth appearance of the large blood vessel (aorta) that carries blood from the heart.
Figure 3 shows an MRA of a narrowed and abnormal aorta from the buildup of calcium and fat (cholesterol) in the inner lining of the artery, often called "hardening of the arteries" (atherosclerosis).
Current as of: July 14, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff Medical Review: Rakesh K. Pai, MD - Cardiology, Electrophysiology Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine George J. Philippides, MD, FACC - Cardiology Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Medical Review:Rakesh K. Pai, MD - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & George J. Philippides, MD, FACC - Cardiology & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine