Cardiac MRI Scan
This investigation, if required, is performed at an alternative provider (not in-house).
In certain cases when structural problems with the heart are suspected, a Cardiac MRI scan may be useful. Cardiac MRI uses magnetic resonance and a special dye to produce detailed image of the heart.
The pictures produced are very useful to help decide for example, the size of holes in the heart, whether a cardiomyopathy exists, or the extent of any damage to the heart muscle.
Indications for Cardiac MRI
Cardiac MRI has been shown to be useful in a broad range of situations including:
- Coronary artery disease.
- Cardiac masses and thrombi.
- Pericardial abnormalities.
- Congenital cardiac disease.
- Aortic disease
Having an MRI Scan
This procedure is undertaken in one of out partner facilities. This involves lying flat on your back and passing into a large circular magnet. It does not use X-rays, and a special dye needs to be injected via a small needle in the back of your hand. You may need to hold your breath, and the procedure can be a little claustrophobic.
What happens after an MRI Scan
Once the images have been processed and the specialist has formed the report your cardiologist will tell you the result to you along with any recommendations for treatment.