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USE OF CONTRAST GUIDLINES


HEAD/BRAIN
Metastatic disease workup
Multiple Sclerosis
Headaches/rule out mass

MRA – CIRCLE OF WILLIS
Recommend without contrast

MRA – CAROTIDS
With or without contrast


PITUITARY
Recommend with contrast


ORBITS
Recommend with contrast


IAC
Recommend with contrast


NECK
Evaluation of possible mass or adenopathy


ABDOMEN

With contrast, better evaluation of liver for potential lesions

RENAL ARTERY STENOSIS
MR angiography of the abdominal aorta and renal arteries with and without contrast


LUMBAR, CERVICAL OR THORACIC SPINE

History of lumbar surgery
Multiple Sclerosis
Metastatic workup


EXTREMITIES/MUSCULOSKELETAL
Without contrast sufficient even with a soft palpable mass
If the palpable mass appears hard/solid, use contrast to evaluate for possible malignancy


IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS,
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AT 361-485-9400