Cardiac MRI is used to evaluate potential structural or functional abnormalities of the heart. The main indications include evaluation of the extent of prior myocardial infarction, evaluation for infectious or infiltrative myocardial disease and arrhythmia. The patient is not exposed to ionizing radiation.
During the examination, you electrocardiography leads will be placed to help compensate for the motion of the beating heart. Depending on the indication for the the study, IV contrast may be injected. Because many different imaging sequences are obtain, this examination may take up to one hour to complete. Patients should not eat for 4 hours prior to the exam. Drink lots of fluid prior to the exam and continue with all medications.