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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive test that uses a magnetic field and radiofrequency waves to create detailed pictures of organs and structures inside your body. It can be used to examine your heart’s muscle, valves, and chambers, how well blood flows through your heart, major blood vessels, and to identify areas of the brain affected by stroke.
MRI may be used instead of other tests that use radiation or iodine-containing contrast dyes such as X-ray, angiograms, and computed tomography (CT) scans.
Using MRI to look at blood vessels and how blood flows through them is called magnetic resonance angiography (MRA). Unlike a traditional X-ray angiogram, this procedure doesn’t require inserting a catheter into your arteries.
MRI of the heart lets your doctor see if your heart is damaged from a heart attack or if there is a lack of blood flow to the heart muscle because of narrowed or blocked arteries.
MRI of the brain can be used to diagnose stroke, aneurysm, and other brain abnormalities.
MRI of the pelvis and legs can help diagnose peripheral artery disease (PAD).
An MRI can help your doctor diagnose many different heart conditions, including:
MRI is a safe and painless test for most people. Check with your doctor about the safety of MRI if you:
A radiologist or MRI technologist usually performs the scan in a hospital, clinic, or imaging center using special equipment.
You’ll need to lie still during the exam because movement can blur the images of your body. You can get a sedative to help you stay calm.
After your MRI:
Presbyterian’s Heart and Vascular team has many different options to help you manage your heart condition. The team performs various diagnostic tests and procedures to help form an accurate diagnosis and create individualized treatment plans for your heart health needs. Depending on the type of heart condition you have and its underlying cause, the team can recommend a wide variety of treatment options, including lifestyle modifications, medications, and procedures. Our cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons work closely together for cases in which surgery is the best treatment option. We also offer a customized cardiac rehabilitation program at our Healthplex, where clinically appropriate, which can improve your endurance and exercise tolerance, as well as improve heart-related symptoms. Your cardiologist will work with the rehabilitation team to create a plan that will be tailored to your individual health needs.