MRA is a commonly performed examination to assess the vessels (arteries and veins) of any region of the body. MRA of the aorta or extremities is typically requested by specialists (such as Vascular Surgeons or Interventional Radiologists) when procedures are being considered or followed up. These types of examinations require intravenous contrast (gadolinium).

MRA of the head is very commonly included in the standard MRI brain protocol, especially if a history of possible stroke or TIA is on the requisition. MRA of the head typically does not need contrast dye. It may be useful if intracranial aneurysms need to be excluded.

An MR venogram is more commonly requested by specialists considering venous thrombosis as a potential aetiology of symptoms. This examination usually uses intravenous contrast.

An MRA of the neck is not uncommonly requested by specialists to assess for the presence of carotid/vertebral artery dissection but can also assess the degree of carotid stenosis due to atherosclerotic disease. An ultrasound study of the carotids however is the first line investigation for carotid atherosclerotic disease. 

There are several options available for booking a scan at the Mater Private:
Online: On each services page you will find a request an appointment button on the right hand side of your screen. This will automatically email our team with your request. A member of the team will then be in touch to arrange a suitable date and time.
Email: An email can be sent to the team at
Phone:  You can call us on 01 885 8173 / 01 885 8461 
Fax: You can fax a referral to 01 885 8282
How long does it take?
Once an examination has been booked an appointment letter will be posted to the patient. In this letter we will include a patient information leaflet with answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the examination. This content can also be found on our website. At the Mater Private Dublin we can generally accommodate MRI requests within two weeks of booking.
There is no specific preparation for MR Angiograms. Most examinations last approximately 30 minutes but can sometimes take longer.  The patient will be able to leave immediately following the examination and will be given a disc containing the images from the scan. A Consultant Radiologist will interpret the study and dictate the report on the same day for most examinations. The report will be posted to the referring Physician on that day or the next.
At the Mater Private Hospital, we have a number of direct settlement agreements in place with the various insurance companies:
  • MRI is fully covered by Aviva, GLO, GMA and ESB (majority of plans covered)
  • VHI cover with consultant referral only
A patient's level of cover will be discussed with them at the time of booking their appointment. Our insurance advisors will be happy to check a patient's level of cover at the Mater Private Hospital with their particular plan. 
Our insurance helpline is available on 01 885 8177.  
Alternatively you can email
In the event that your patient is not covered by his/her private health insurance, they will be advised on the cost of the scan at the time of booking.