Cardiac MRI

Basic overview

  • This is a test that uses an MRI (magnetic resonance) machine to make detailed images of the heart. It does not involve radiation at all.
  • Cardiac MRI gives superior image quality of the moving heart when compared to echo (ultrasound) and CT. Additionally, cardiac MRI provides excellent characterisation of heart tissue, this means that it is able to identify areas of fibrosis (scar) or oedema (inflammation) that are not visualised well with other modalities.

Indications for the test

  • Accurate quantification of heart chamber sizes and function, especially if this is not possible with standard ultrasound
  • Assessment of the severity of some ‘leaky’ valves when a clear answer is not possible with cardiac ultrasound
  • Assessment of the severity of heart shunts (holes in the heart)
  • Assessment for the underlying cause of some types of heart failure or suspected inflammation of the heart (myocarditis)

What to expect

  • You will be required to remove all metal from your body (including watches, earrings, necklaces and even your bra)
  • You will be asked to lie on a bed that slowly moves into a narrow MRI tube. Your body will not move entirely inside the tube (legs are outside)
  • You will be given some earphones to hear the breathing instructions (and sometimes music upon request)
  • The MRI machine will take images of your heart, but does require your participation with short breath holding, and is a little noisy at times
  • The test usually takes about 30 minutes.

Our Locations

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Cardiology Tasmania has 3 specialist centres located in Howrah, Derwent Park and Huonville. As well as our fixed locations, our cardiology specialists and consultants travel to regional and remote areas to ensure all patients have access to cardiology services regardless of where they live.

Call Us:
(03) 6245 8999
Outreach Medical Group Building 250 Clarence Street, Howrah

Services Provided

  • Consultations
  • Transthoracic echocardiograms
  • Stress echocardiograms
  • Holter monitors
  • ECGs

Derwent Park

Northcare Health Centre, 254 Main Road, Derwent Park, TAS

Services Provided

  • Consultations
  • Transthoracic echocardiograms
  • Holter monitors
Huon Valley Health Centre, 85 Main Road, Huonville, TAS

Services Provided

  • Consultations
  • Transthoracic echocardiograms

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