The Miriam Hospital is now offering a cardiac MRI program as a valuable diagnostic tool. Cardiac MRI has advantages over traditional methods for diagnosing heart problems, such as echocardiograms, nuclear medicine studies and CT scans.
It is a safer method because it produces no ionizing radiation. It allows for three-dimensional imaging, and its contrast agent has a very safe profile. Avances in the hardware and pulse sequence design allow radiologists to have high temporal resolution, allowing them to view something moving quickly, and no other technology allows a radiologist to visualize a heart attack and pinpoint its size and location.
The use of cardiac MRI provides remarkably clear and detailed images, including the:
After a heart attack an MRI examination can help the cardiologist understand how well the heart is pumping, whether the flow of blood is blocked in any chamber or major vessel, if the heart muscles are damaged, or if the lining of the heart is swelling.
It allows physicians to:
All MRI exams are interpreted by a board certified radiologists with subspecialty training in MRI.
For more information about MRI at The Miriam Hospital, call 401-793-4448 or e-mail KLaurie@lifespan.org.