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
Cardiology Tasmania has 5 specialist centres located in Derwent Park, Huonville, Oatland, Swansea and Rokeby. 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: 0439 195 660
Northcare Health Centre, 254 Main Road, Derwent Park, TAS
Huon Valley Health Centre, 85 Main Road, Huonville, TAS
Midlands Multipurpose Health, 13 Church Street, Oatlands, TAS
Swansea General Practice: 37 Wellington Street, Swansea, TAS
Knopwood Medical Centre: 46 South Arm Road, Rokeby, TAS