Stroke screening: Detect circulatory system diseases early thanks to MRI
Over 250,000 people suffer from a stroke each year in Germany. Around 80 percent of these are over 60. However, strokes can occur at any age. Stroke risk factors such as smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes and being overweight in particular can contribute to constriction in the blood vessels. If the arteries in the head area are no longer properly supplied with blood, it can lead to a stroke. Thanks the radiation-free MRI of the blood vessels, an MRA, there are good chances of preventing stokes today.
An MR angiography is a standard procedure for showing the skull, brain and cervical arteries. The aim of stroke screening is to detect narrowing of the vessels, which is known as stenosis. As well as stenosis, aneurysms can also be detected in an MRA. Aneurysms are responsible for brain haemorrhages.
At Radiologie Prien, we offer the following for stroke screening:
1. MR angiography of the intracranial arteries (TOF)
- approx. 6 minutes, radiation-free exam without the use of contrasting agents
- stenosis, aneurysms and vascular malformation can be detected and displayed easily
- suitable for clarification in cases of aneurysms that run in the family
2. Cross-section imaging of the brain (magnetic resonance imaging)
- approx. 5 minutes, radiation-free exam without the use of contrasting agents
- suitable for detecting circulation problems in the small vessels
- vascular malformation is displayed clearly
- also for distinguishing between an old stroke and one that has occurred recently
3. Showing the carotid arteries
- Approx. 15 minutes, radiation-free exam with use of contrasting agent
- In stroke screening the exam is used to rule out or prove stenosis
For reliable stroke screening we recommend carrying out all three exams in combination. MRA is a pain-free and radiation-free exam for stroke prevention which takes only a short time.
Who carries the costs?
The costs for an MRA for stroke prevention are usually covered by both private and state health insurance. Please make sure to discuss this with your insurance provider beforehand.