About heart MRI
One test. Many answers.
A Heart MRI, also called “cardiovascular magnetic resonance” (CMR) imaging, is a method to image the human heart, and measure how well it functions. A Heart MRI can also visualize and measure blood flow in the heart, aorta and other large vessels.
A Heart MRI can create a 3D image of the heart to determine if heart disease is present, what heart disease is present, and why. In short, a Heart MRI is one test that provides many answers that can help a physician to diagnose a heart condition, and provide a prognosis to achieve the best treatment for patients.
No surgery, no radiation.
A Heart MRI does not require surgery. Therefore it can help patients avoid invasive procedures while still offering accurate and complete results. This can lead to an improved diagnosis, and in some cases may even help to reverse heart disease.
Additionally, a Heart MRI does not use radiation, such as X-rays or radioactive substances. In stead, it makes use of a strong magnet and radio waves. This makes a Heart MRI a safe option for many patients.
Advanced diagnosis means better prognosis.
A Heart MRI allows physicians to provide a more accurate diagnosis and prognosis, helping them to determine the most appropriate treatment path for their patients.
For example, while an echocardiogram will show if the heart is not pumping properly, the 3D technology of a Heart MRI can show exactly where the heart is not pumping well, and can help explain what is causing the problem. More importantly, it allows your physician to treat the cause ― from prescribing proper medications to addressing a heart or cardiovascular event, or to
recommend another medical test.
Ask your doctor.
Regular check-ups and care are essential for living a healthy life. Heart MRIs can be part of your annual medical assessment, or may be performed to help diagnose a variety of diseases.
Although useful in evaluating many cardiovascular conditions, a Heart MRI is not appropriate for
every situation. Check our FAQ section to see if you are a good candidate for a Heart MRI, and
always consult your physician.
View Heart MRI scan. Video provided courtesy of GE Healthcare.
Images provided courtesy of Heart Imaging Technologies.