Cardiac MRI

MRI uses large magnets and radio-frequency waves to produce high-definition images of  the heart and blood vessels. The test does not involve radiation, so is safer.

It is a useful complementary test to routine cardiac tests. In particular, it is great for looking at  structure and function of heart chambers and valves, great vessels and pericardium (the "sack" surrounding the heart).  Hence, it is extensively used in patients who have had prior heart attacks, heart muscle disease, valvular diseases and congenital abnormalities.

The test is relatively long compared to other cardiac tests, taking ~30-60 minutes.

This page was last updated at 12:44PM on April 28, 2020.