MRI Cardiac With Contrast
What is MRI Cardiac With Contrast?
The test, MRI Cardiac with contrast, is recommended to detect or monitor cardiac disease. The test provides a detailed and more precise view of the heart muscle and blood flow. Patients with implanted cardiac pacemakers and defibrillators must inform technologists before an MRI procedure.
Contrast agents used for MRI carry a low risk of allergic reactions. After the test, the patient will be under observation for any side effects or reactions to the contrast dye. However, patients with kidney problems might have a severe reaction to the contrast dye. It is advised to avoid caffeine for 12 hours and fast for 4 hours before the test.
Why is MRI Cardiac With Contrast done?
- To diagnose functioning, blood flow through valves, structures of the heart valves and pericardium (fluid which surrounds the heart)
- To evaluate coronary artery disease like blockage or limited blood flow to the muscles of heart
- To monitor the advancement of stages of the heart diseases of the patient
- To find out presence of any cancer (tumor/cyst/abnormal growth) in the heart or its surrounding soft tissues