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.
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.
1. MR angiography of the intracranial arteries (TOF))
2. Cross-section imaging of the brain (magnetic resonance imaging)
3. Showing the carotid arteries
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?