What is the role of MRI in the workup of peripheral vascular disease (PVD)?

Updated: Dec 31, 2017
  • Author: Everett Stephens, MD; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be of some clinical benefit by virtue of its high visual detail. Plaques are imaged easily, as is the difference between vessel wall and flowing blood. MRI also has the benefits of angiography, providing even higher detail and capable of replacing traditional arteriography. The utility of MRI is limited in the emergency setting, often because of the location of the device and the technical skill required to interpret the highly detailed images.


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