cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Cardiovascular MRI is a completely non-invasive procedure. It is used to diagnose diseases of the heart and blood vessels. Cardiovascular MRI is performed using a large magnet with high magnetic field, radio frequency waves and powerful computers. This test is typically performed without a need for an IV or administration of a contrast agent in most cases but in few select cases gadolinium contrast agent is used. There is no risk of contrast causing damage to the kidneys. There is absolutely no radiation involved.

Cardiovascular MRI is rapidly advancing across the country as a rapid, reproducible and reliable modality with high definition 3D imaging of the heart and blood vessels. It is the "gold standard" for many of the critical measurements that clinicians use on a daily basis, including the left and right ventricular ejection fraction, stroke volume, mass and valvular function. It is routinely used for cardiac stress testing using adenosine or dobutamine drugs when patients cannot perform treadmill stress test. Additionally, it has been shown to be the best non-invasive test for viability assessment of the heart after a heart attack as well as for differentiating various cardiomyopathies. It is also used for assessment of pericardial diseases, cardiac tumor or mass evaluation, congenital heart diseases and anomalous coronaries.

Bon Secours Heart & Vascular Institute is proud to offer state-of-the-art cardiovascular MRI testing at St. Francis Medical Center in Midlothian, VA.

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