A Cardiac MRI allows us to look in detail at the structure and function of the heart.
What happens during a Cardiac MRI?
It is a non-invasive test. You are connected to a drip, and a coil is placed on your chest. You lie down and the bed places you in a tube. A large magnet surrounds you and enables us to image your heart. The test can be quite noisy but you wear headphones through which instructions about breathing are given. In most cases the test takes around 45 minutes to complete.
Why would you need Cardiac MRI?
Cardiac MRI may be recommended to look in more detail at the structure and function of the heart. For example If we have diagnosed heart failure, a cardiac MRI can be useful to define exactly what has caused this. Alternatively there may be an inherited form of cardiac disease we may be concerned about or an electrical disturbance arising from an abnormality of heart muscle function which can be diagnosed with an MRI.