Cardiac MRI Test

Private Cardiac MRI scans are available at the Montefiore Hospital in Brighton and Hove.

What is an MRI scan?

An MRI scan is a special technique which uses magnets and radio waves, producing both two and three dimensional pictures of the inside of your body.

What does a cardiac MRI involve?

When an MRI scanner is used to take both still and moving pictures of your heart and major blood vessels, this is called a cardiac MRI scan. It is used to get images of the heart and to look at the structure and function of the heart.

The radiographers will help position you on the table that slides into the scanner. You will be able to talk to them during the scan. It is important to note that due to the magnets inside the machine you’ll need to wear clothing without zips or metallic parts and to remove any jewellery, hearing aids, watches or glasses.

It is completely normal to hear some noise during the procedure as this is the sound of the MRI scan machine taking the images. You will be provided with earplugs and headphones and you can choose to listen to music if you wish. During the private MRI scan, you should breathe quietly and normally and keep very still as any movement will blur the images.

This whole procedure consists of many short scans taking only a few seconds each, and the entire examination generally takes around 45 minutes (but can last up to 90 minutes depending on the examination).

Are there any risks associated with cardiac MRI scans?

Unfortunately, MRI scans are not suitable for everybody. For example, the magnetic field from the scan affects metals such as iron, nickel and steel. As a precaution, MRI scans are not usually done on women who are less than 12 weeks pregnant. When you arrive at the hospital, you will be asked some questions – about your health, previous operations, allergies and any medicines you are taking. This helps to ensure that it is safe for you to have an MRI scan.

MRI scans are considered very safe with no known side effects from exposure to magnetic or radio waves. For most cardiac scans, patients will require the injection of a special dye (contrast medium); reactions to this dye are very rare and can usually be treated immediately.

To book an appointment

For further information about Cardiac MRI testing, please contact the Diagnostics department of the Montefiore Hospital on 01273 828 088 or submit an enquiry through the form to the right.

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