A cardiac MRI is used instead of a CT scan to help recognize various heart conditions. The MRI of the heart can help assess signs and symptoms of the following:
- Congenital heart disease
- Heart failure
- Heart valve disease
- Cardiac tumor
There also may be other reasons for cardiologist to suggest an MRI of your heart.
Things to know about a cardiac MRI
There is no radiation exposure during an MRI, however you are not eligible for the scan if you have any of the following:
- Older intracranial aneurysm clips
- Cochlear implants
- Certain prosthetic devices (such as artificial joint)
- Implanted medicine infusion pump
- Bone growth stimulator
- Certain intrauterine contraceptives (IUDs)
- Other iron-based metal implants
- Bullet or shrapnel
If you are currently pregnant or think you might be, tell your cardiologist before the scan. MRI is generally safe for women who are pregnant, but it’s a good idea to discuss with your healthcare provider beforehand.
Talk to a member of our the MountainStar Heart and Vascular team to see if a cardiac MRI is right for you!