Magnetic resonance angiogram (MRA) of vessels

Image of MRA of vessels

Courtesy of Intermountain Medical Imaging, Boise, Idaho.

Figure 1 shows the normal smooth appearance of the large blood vessel (aorta) that carries blood from the heart. Figure 3 shows 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).

Last Updated: July 9, 2008

Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & George Philippides, MD - Cardiology

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