A lymphatic drainage disorder is a frequent consequence after surgical interventions (for example, breast surgery, operations in the pelvis and groin area), tumour diseases or infectious diseases. The lymphatic drainage disorder leads to fluid retention in the tissue of a leg or arm, which becomes noticeable through swelling of the affected body part.
For optimal therapy, it is essential to distinguish whether arm or leg swelling is caused by a lymphatic drainage disorder or possibly by a disease of the veins.
MR lymphography can examine the lymph drainage channels and detect pathological changes. For this purpose, a few millilitres of contrast medium and a local anaesthetic are injected under the skin on the back of the foot or hand. After about 20-30 minutes, the contrast medium outflow in the lymph vessels is examined in the MRI. The examination takes place in the supine position and lasts about 60 minutes.
The MRI examinations of the lymphatic vessels at ARISTRA are continuously developed in collaboration with internationally recognised experts in vascular imaging. This means the images can be taken on-site using the most modern imaging technology and the latest scientific knowledge. Our vascular specialists evaluate your scans.