How good is your circulation?

Blood supplies our body with oxygen and nutrients – 24 hours a day, for a lifetime. Over the course of the years, deposits on or damage to the blood vessel walls may occur, with fatal consequences such as strokes, heart attacks, or major circulatory disorders. To ensure it does not come to that, the doctors in the MRT Akademie offer state-of-the-art check-ups.

Who should have a check-up?

Vascular diseases are very widespread. The following groups are particularly at risk:

  • Smokers
  • Patients in treatment for angina pectoris
  • Men from the age of 40
  • Women after the menopause, at the latest from the age of 50
  • Younger women, who take birth control pills and smoke
  • People with high blood pressure
  • Diabetics (diabetes mellitus)
  • Patients with elevated cholesterol levels
  • People exposed to high levels of negative stress
  • People with a familial predisposition

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How is the examination carried out?

MRI angiography of the blood vessels

Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) allows all of the body’s blood vessels to be represented without the use of x-rays. The examination of veins is referred to as phlebography.

Vascular imaging in the MRI is possible without contrast agents. Depending on the body region however, greater informational value can be achieved through the injection of a gadolinium-based contrast agent. Deposits and narrowing (stenosis) are readily visible for the doctor using an angiography. A dangerous bulging or widening of the arteries can also be traced, so-called aneurysms, which can suddenly rupture and lead to life-threatening bleeding. This examination also detects malformations or variations of the norm (e.g. AV malformation, double renal artery), injuries or acquired malformations (fistula, collateral circulation).

CT angiography of the blood vessels

Excellent images of the body’s blood vessels can be generated using computed tomography. For this, x-ray contrast agents are injected into the bloodstream. The contrast agent only needs to be introduced into a vein for the representation of the arteries as well. In this way, various pathological changes to all of the arteries and veins in the body can be diagnosed quickly and with few complications.

A CT angiography can show the following vascular changes:

  • Any changes to the aorta, including constrictions (stenosis), widening (aneurysms), inflammations, tears
  • Constrictions or damage to the carotid arteries
  • Constrictions or widening of the blood vessels in the brain
  • Constrictions of the renal arteries
  • Anatomy of the hepatic arteries, for instance prior to a liver transplant
  • Constrictions of the lower leg blood vessels (peripheral artery occlusive disease)
  • Detection or exclusion of thrombosis
  • Pulmonary embolisms

The strengths of this procedure: Thanks to the short examination times and the renunciation of a strong magnetic field, the procedure is suitable for particularly restless patients or persons with pacemakers, if they are unable to enter the MRI.

Before the administration of the contrast agent, we ask you to inform us in advance of possible renal impairment, hyperthyroidism, pregnancy or allergies.

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How do I prepare myself for the examinations?

First of all you should get in contact with us. Which examination is advisable in each case depends upon a personal analysis. We plan and discuss the correct approach individually with you.

Blood supplies our body with oxygen and nutrients – 24 hours a day, for a lifetime. Over the course of the years, deposits on or damage to the blood vessel walls may occur, with fatal consequences such as strokes, heart attacks, or major circulatory disorders. To ensure it does not come to that, the doctors in the MRT Akademie offer state-of-the-art check-ups.