MRI Cardiovascular

What is a cardiovascular MRI

A cardiac MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a medical imaging technique that uses a powerful magnet, radio waves, and a computer to create detailed images of the heart. It provides valuable information about the structure and function of the heart, helping doctors diagnose and evaluate various cardiovascular conditions, including:

  • Structural Assessment: Cardiac MRI can visualise the heart’s chambers, valves, and blood vessels, helping doctors assess the overall structure.
  • Functional Evaluation: It provides information about the pumping function of the heart (ejection fraction) and the movement of the heart walls, aiding in the detection of any abnormalities.
  • Blood Flow Dynamics: The technique allows for the assessment of blood flow through the heart and major vessels, helping diagnose conditions such as heart valve disorders or congenital heart defects.
  • Tissue Characterisation: Cardiac MRI can differentiate between healthy and damaged heart tissues, assisting in the diagnosis of conditions like myocardial infarction (heart attack) or myocarditis.

There is no preparation required for this MRI, however there are restrictions on whether or not you are eligible for a Medicare rebate.

We will require you to send us a copy of your request form prior to an appointment being made.

Cardiac MRIs usually take approximately 1 hour.

You will lie down on a table that slides into the MRI machine.

The machine makes loud noises during the scan, so earplugs or headphones may be provided.

It’s crucial to remain still during the procedure to obtain clear images.

In some cases, a contrast agent may be injected through an intravenous (IV) line to enhance the visibility of certain structures.

There are no restrictions to your normal activites following the MRI.

The results will be reviewed and co-reported by a radiologist and cardiologist. These results will be made available to your referring doctor.

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