Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive cardiac imaging process that uses radio waves, magnets and a computer to create pictures of your heart. Eliminating exposure to potentially harmful radiation is a key advantage of a cardiac MRI over some other heart scans, ensuring a safer experience.
Cadiac MRI allows heart images to be captured in real time, providing views of blood vessels and blood flow around the heart. This revolutionary data allows your cardiologist to see previous heart damage, congenital defects and other visible diseases.
Here's how it works:
- Your MRI may require contrast material (a fluid that allows the heart and blood vessels to show up more clearly); if so, it will be injected prior to your test.
- You will be positioned on a movable examination table and moved into the MRI unit; your technician will go into an adjacent room and will communicate with you through a two-way intercom.
- The machine will take a series of images, and the entire exam is usually completed in about 30 minutes.
- A radiologist will analyze the images and send a signed report to your cardiologist, who will share the results with you.
To learn more about the conditions that a cardiac MRI can help diagnose, view our Imaging Services brochure (PDF).
Our cardiac imaging department has taken the lead in cardiovascular MRI by securing the resources and advanced equipment needed to offer patients a higher level of treatment. Our equipment includes the leading-edge Siemens Sonata and Avanto MRI scanners.
For more information about cardiac MRI at the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, please call 713-DEBAKEY (332-2539) or complete our online contact us form.
- No radiation
- Valvular analysis
- Stress testing
- 1.5 and 3.0 Tesla MRI
- Cardiac and vascular imaging