What is an MRI Cardiac scan?

What is an MRI Cardiac scan?

An MRI Cardiac uses an MRI Scanner to produce detailed images of the heart. It can be used to help diagnose and investigate congenital heart defects, cardiac tumours, peri/myocarditis, myocardial viability post-heart attack, cardiomyopathies or infiltrative disorders (such as amyloidosis or sarcoidosis).

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What happens during an MRI Cardiac scan?

A. Before your scan

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What to bring

  • Your request form
  • Any relevant previous imaging
  • Your Medicare card and any concession cards

Preparation – On the day of the scan

You will be asked to fill out a MRI Safety Check list to confirm you do not have any contraindicated items or implants in/on your body. The MRI Technologist will ensure that no potentially unsafe items enter the scan room.

B. During your MRI Cardiac scan


This examination generally takes 30-45 minutes. You will be required to hold your breath for each scan lasting 5-15 seconds. These will be repeated a number of times with a chance to catch your breath between scans. You will likely require an IV injection of a Gadolinium based contrast agent (dye), which gives unique vital information in assessing your heart muscles and surrounding vasculature.

You will be provided with ear phones to dull these noises during the procedure.

If you suffer from claustrophobia, we can make a genuine difference to you tolerating the scan. Our team of caring MRI techs will put you at ease, even if you are anxious or have had a bad MRI experience in the past. Countless patients have experienced the positive difference we provide. We encourage you to come and see our scanners and speak with one of our MRI techs prior to coming for your appointment to help allay any anxiety regarding your scan.

Risks and side effects

An MRI Scan is a very low-risk procedure. There are no known adverse health risks associated with the magnetic field or the radio waves used by the machine. Patients with certain contra-indicated devices may not be able to have an MRI scan. 

Who will perform my scan?

Our caring team of experienced MRI Technologists will help put you at ease and ensure you have the most comfortable MRI experience possible, whilst specifically catering the scan protocol to best suit your clinical condition.

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What happens after an MRI Cardiac scan?

How do I get my results?

After completion of your MRI scan, the images are viewed and interpreted by our experienced cardiac specialists. The images and report are made available to your referrer (or other nominated doctor / allied health professional) via our secure online portal or PACS (Picture Archive Communication System).  It is best to allow two working days to ensure your report is completed before seeing your referrer again.

Post procedural information

You will be able to return to your normal daily activities after your scan.

You should encounter no ill effects from your MRI and will be able to go about your regular daily activities after your scan.

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