Magnetic resonance venography (MMR) of the lower extremities

Diagnosis of vascular pathologies in the Baltic Vein Clinic is carried out by all methods known in modern medical science. One of them is magnetic resonance venography. Our phlebologists have been trained on Siemens equipment and successfully use their knowledge in their work.

Magnetic resonance venography: safety, information content, accuracy.

This Siemens MAGNETOM Spectra diagnostic equipment is used only in our clinic and has a field strength of 3.0 Tesla. This is the latest world development that allows you to get comprehensive information about the disease.

MR venography is used along with duplex sonography , computed venography, but has a number of significant advantages. The main one is a small list of contraindications and the lack of special patient preparation.

Who should not have an MR venogram?

  • Patients with pacemakers or other metal implants – artificial joints, heart valves.
  • Pregnant women in the first trimester.
  • People suffering from claustrophobia.

For your own safety, tell your doctor if:

  • You are breastfeeding or suspect pregnancy.
  • There is a foreign metal object in your body (for example, a bullet after being wounded).
  • You have a tattoo in an area that needs to be examined.

The difference between MR venography and computed tomography phlebography

  1. The resolution of magnetic resonance venography is much higher than in CT examination, which means that the doctor will receive more detailed information about your vessels.
  2. MR-venography allows for an additional study of not only veins and small vessels, but also large arteries.
  3. There is no ionizing radiation in MR venography.
  4. If the patient initially underwent MR-venography, the need for other examination methods disappears automatically. This factor is especially important for foreign patients with limited time.
  5. The probability of diagnostic errors during MR venography is excluded, therefore, further patient management tactics will always be chosen correctly.

Especially important

MR – examination of the vessels of the lower extremities in the Baltic Clinic is carried out using a non-contrast method. If during computed tomography phlebography it is impossible to do without the introduction of a special “dye”, then in the case of MR – venography, it is not required.

If we talk about the cost of this examination, you will have to spend a little more than with an examination by other methods. But the results will be qualitatively different. However, if you decide that you need MR-venography, consult the clinic’s phlebologists first. They will professionally develop an individual diagnostic and treatment program for you.

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