Novant Health is among the first in North Carolina and surrounding states to offer an MRI that measures blood flow to the brain. Noninvasive optimal vessel analysis, or NOVA, is a fast, accurate way to understand how narrowing arteries in the neck and brain might be affecting your health.
NOVA produces 3D images that offer 360-degree views of arteries. The procedure is possible through software enhancements to existing MRI equipment. A personal computer is part of the system.
Your doctor may recommend NOVA screening if you a condition such as:
- Headaches or dizziness
- Carotid stenosis (narrowing of a major artery that supplies blood to the brain, neck and face)
- Cerebral aneurysm (A bulge that forms on a blood vessel)
- · Stroke or transient ischemic attack, also called TIA or mini-stroke (blocked or burst blood vessel in the brain)
The information the test provides can be valuable before and after treatment because it can show whether blood flow has improved. As with other MRI, the NOVA test is done without incisions. You will not need to drink fluids to enhance imaging