A cardiac MRI provides unsurpassed quality in evaluating the heart’s shape, size, volume and function through moving 3-D imagery. While echocardiography or exercise stress tests have their own benefits, the MRI is much more comprehensive. It allows the Summa cardiac team to identify valve disease, heart muscle abnormalities, heart tumors and clots in the heart.
The MRI scan requires you to lay on a cushioned table inside the MRI tube. While no radiation is used, powerful magnets are used to create the images. Therefore, some patients may not be eligible. The MRI contrast may also cause allergic reactions, yet somewhat less frequently than a CT contrast. Be sure to discuss any concerns with your physician.
For more information, schedule an appointment with the Summa Health Heart and Vascular Institute.