Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (cardiac MRI) is a noninvasive cardiac-imaging method that uses radio waves, magnets and high-resolution programs to create images of the heart. This imaging method eliminates exposure to potentially harmful radiation, which is a key advantage over other heart-imaging techniques.
Our heart-imaging experts use the latest and most advanced equipment and scanners to perform a cardiac MRI. This cutting-edge technology allows physicians to assess your heart’s anatomy and physiology in detail — leading to better diagnosis and treatment of a variety of heart conditions.
How a Cardiac MRI Is Performed
Often a cardiac MRI requires an IV for injecting contrast. The contrast is a non-iodinated, fluid-based agent that enhances the heart and blood vessels during imaging.
During a cardiac MRI, you will lay on a movable examination table and positioned in the MRI unit. The technologist performs the exam in an adjacent room, maintaining constant communication with a two-way intercom. The exam is typically takes about an hour.
The cardiologist will then perform a thorough analysis and disclose the results to your doctor.