What is it?

Cardiac MRI is a medical imaging technique used to visualise detailed internal structures of the heart and blood vessels.
It is a highly accurate and non-invasive technique that provides assessment of both heart tissue structure and function by using the natural signal from small particles  inside the body. The MRI scanners act as large magnets and the heart images come from signals given out by small parts of the cells (the Hydrogen atoms in water and fat) within the heart.

How long will it take?

On average, the scan can take about 40 minutes to complete.

Why do I need it?

Cardiac MRI  enables clear pictures of the heart to be taken in three dimensions and may be used to diagnose many life threatening heart conditions that are not visible by other imaging modalities. Cardiac MRI may be used to detect scar tissue, inflammation and infection of the heart and it is a key test to determine the cause of heart failure, cardiomyopathy and arrhythmias.

How is the test performed?

During the cardiac MRI scan, the patient usually lies on their back on a table which slides into the scanner open at both ends.
The radiographer and patient can speak to each other during the scan. Often an intravenous dye is injected into an arm vein during the scan to help highlight various regions of the heart.

Is any preparation required?

The MRI staff will ask you to complete a detailed questionnaire to help them determine if you have anything in your body that would prevent you from having an MRI.

People with any type of metal device inside their body shouldn’t have a cardiac MRI unless the device is certified as MRI safe.

When will I know the results?

The cardiologist will discuss your results during your next appointment and a report will be sent to your referring doctor.

Please bring the following to your appointment

Please bring the following to your appointment

  • Medicare card
  • Any concession or health insurance cards
  • A current referral from your GP or specialist (if not already provided)

Fees apply and full payment is expected on the day of the test.