A HeartMRI for one person may be very different for another person. There are many ways to image the heart with MRI, and each persons experience may be different depending on the reason for the test.
Can I eat before my HeartMRI?
This can vary between different HeartMRI center. You should confirm with the facility that is performing the test for specific instructions. You should take your medications as you routinely do.
If you are having a stress HeartMRI, then you may be instructed to not eat after midnight, and not have any caffeine for 24-48 hours before the test. You may also be instructed not to take certain medications prior to the stress test.
What can I wear?
No metal should be worn, including metal hidden under clothes. You will most likely be asked to change into a hospital gown so please dress accordingly. Please wear comfortable clothing that are easy to change in and out of.
Please make sure to let your HeartMRI center know if you have had metal shavings, shrapnel or other types of metal, including medical devices, that you may have inside your body. Tattoos may also contain metal in the ink, and will need to be monitored closely during the scan.
Examples of items not to wear: Jewelry (such as necklaces, bracelets), piercings, hair clips, bobby pins, watches, dentures, hearing aids, wigs, metal zippers/fasteners/buttons, underwire (bra), belts, buckles
I have metal in my body.
Can I get a HeartMRI?
All metal must be disclosed to the MRI center. It is possible to perform HeartMRI despite indwelling metal depending on the type, local policies, and individual scanner settings. These metallic implants may include pacemaker, defibrillators (ICDs), loop recorders, prosthetic valves, stents, sternal wires, or other medical implants. Please contact your imaging center to see if you can undergo a HeartMRI at their center.