About Cardiac MRI Exams
What is a Cardiac MRI Scan?
Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, is a diagnostic test that uses a strong magnetic field and high frequency radio waves to produce a series of images of your head or body. It does not use any x-rays, radioactive materials or any other forms of ionizing radiation. Cardiac MRI is a type of specialized MRI scan that specifically allows the physician to visualize the heart and its associated structures.
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center uses state-of-the-art MRI equipment that is optimized for the performance of Cardiac MRI scans, which result in very detailed images of your heart and blood vessels. These images provide important information to assist your physician in diagnosing your medical condition and/or planning your course of treatment.
Cardiac MRI exams are performed to help physicians:
- Examine the size and thickness of the chambers of the heart
- Determine the extent of damage caused by a heart attack or progressive heart disease
- Evaluate the structures and function of the heart, valves, major vessels and surrounding structures (such as the pericardium)
- Diagnose and manage coronary heart disease and a variety of cardiovascular problems
All of our equipment is maintained by highly trained service engineers and meets or exceeds the operating specifications set forth by the manufacturers and the federal government.
Because the scanners use a very powerful magnet to create the images, the presence of any metallic objects inside your body may interfere with your scan. You will be asked to complete a safety screening questionnaire and any implanted object/device will be verified for safety in the magnetic field prior to scanning. Patients with pacemakers or defibrillators are generally not a candidate for MR imaging as these devices are influenced by the presence of a magnetic field.