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Fibromuscular Dysplasia: Diagnosis

Getting the right diagnosis

The University of Kansas Hospital offers the most current imaging tests to diagnose and manage FMD. Our doctors are leaders in the field and known for innovation. The specific tests we perform depend on the particular situation of each patient.

  • Diagnostic CT angiogram
    A CT, or computerized axial tomography machine, uses X-rays to make a detailed picture of your blood vessels. We may inject an iodine dye (contrast material) to see your blood vessels more clearly. The University of Kansas Hospital has one of the most current scanners available.
  • Diagnostic vascular ultrasound
    Also called a Doppler ultrasound or peripheral vascular imaging, this device uses sound waves to create an image of blood vessels. The image lets the doctor see any abnormal structures or functions. Results are usually available the same day.
  • Magnetic resonance angiogram
    A magnet, radio waves and a computer allow us to view detailed pictures of your blood vessels.
  • Catheterization and angiography
    If appropriate, physicians may perform a fractional flow reserve, or FFR, in the kidney arteries. A catheter is inserted into an artery to capture images. This helps determine whether you will benefit from balloon angioplasty of the kidney arteries.

Zero-radiation cardiac MRI stress test

The University of Kansas Hospital now offers this equipment that allows cardiac stress testing with no radiation. It also helps diagnose obese patients, who may have had problems with other tests.

Learn more about cardiac imaging.