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.
  • Part way through the exam, the technologist will give you an injection of contrast material in a vein in your arm, and they will let you know when you will start feeling this.
  • You may feel a cooling sensation in your arm from the injection.
  • The technologist will then run additional scans to complete your exam.
  • This procedure consists of cardiac leads, and you may need a small area of your chest shaved.

Preparation

  • You will be asked to wear a gown for the exam.
  • 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 with a starting range at 350 lbs.
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