Heart MRI

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:

  • Atherosclerosis
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Heart failure
  • Aneurysm
  • 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:

  • Pacemaker
  • Older intracranial aneurysm clips
  • Cochlear implants
  • Certain prosthetic devices (such as artificial joint)
  • Implanted medicine infusion pump
  • Neurostimulator
  • 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!