MRI Heart – Routine Cardiac Examination

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) helps doctors diagnose and treat medical conditions. MRI uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures.

Procedure

  • You will be positioned on a moveable examination table.
  • You will be given earplugs to reduce the noise of the scanner, which produces loud thumping/tapping and humming noises during imaging.
  • A device that contains coils may be placed around or adjacent to the area of the body being studied.
  • You will be asked to remain still during the exam.
  • The moveable table will slide into the MRI scanner.
  • The technologist will then leave the room but will be able to see, hear and speak to you at all times using a two-way intercom.
  • Part way through the exam, the technologist will come back into the room and slide you out of the scanner. They will give you an injection of contrast material in a vein in your arm.
  • You may feel a cooling sensation in your arm from the injection.
  • The technologist will then slide you back into the scanner and run additional scans to complete your exam.
  • The radiologist will numb the area with Lidocaine to aid in any discomfort the procedure may cause.
  • The radiologist will sterilize the area of interest and will place a probe within the breast to obtain samples of the nodule/mass.
  • The samples will be sent for testing.

Preparation

  • No solid food by mouth for 4 hours prior to your test time.
  • No caffeine products for 24 hours before the test. No coffee, tea, pop (soda), chocolate, chocolate candy, chocolate cake, cookies, cocoa, chocolate milk, frosting, or pies. Even drinks or products that are labeled caffeine free should be avoided.
  • Nothing to eat or drink for 2 hours prior to your test.
  • You may take all of your routine medications, with a small amount of water, if needed.

Considerations

  • The only cardiac pacemaker allowed for a MRI is the SureScan Pacing System by Metronic. If you have any other defibrillator or cardiac pacemaker, you cannot have the MRI.
  • If you have metallic or electronic devised implanted in your body, you must have documentation stating what they are.
  • Please note that our MRI equipment has a table weight limit of 350 lbs.
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