MRI (Cardiac)

MRI (Cardiac)
Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a safe, non-invasive diagnostic test that uses a large magnet, radio waves, and a computer to produce detailed still and moving images of the heart. Cardiac MRI is one of the most accurate ways to measure heart function, leaking valves, detect scarring of the heart muscle, viability of heart muscle tissue, cardiac sarcoid, and congenital heart problems. This imaging modality is particularly helpful in patients with corrected Tetralogy of Fallot, patients with Fontan circulation or other patients with unique anatomy. Coronary artery disease can be also be detected using a special technique called stress perfusion.

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a technique that allows doctors to see inside the human body in remarkable detail without using radiation. Instead, MRI uses a powerful magnet, radio waves and a sophisticated computer system. This scan will provide your doctor with important information on certain types of body tissue (internal organs, joints, brain and spine) differently than an x-ray or a computed tomography (CT) scan.

How do I prepare for my MRI scan?
Very little preparation is required for an MRI scan. You will be asked to remove all metallic items such as watches, jewelry, hairpins, eyeglasses, and hearing aids and change into a patient gown. A personal locker will be provided for safe-keeping of valuables. Certain exams may require a short period of fasting prior to imaging. If so, you will be made aware of this when you book your appointment.

Will I receive intravenous injections?

For some procedures, it may be necessary to inject contrast material, which enables radiologists to see specific areas of your body more clearly. If you will be receiving contrast, a nurse will place an IV prior to your exam.

What can I expect during the MRI scan?
Upon arriving in the MRI Department, you will be greeted by a receptionist and asked a series of questions. Once in the scan room, you will be asked to lie on a padded table. During the scan, it is important to hold very still, as movement will cause blurring of the pictures. Throughout the examination, you will be able to speak to the technologist via an intercom. When the scanner is operating, you will hear a loud thumping noise and may feel a slight vibration. This is normal.

How long will the MRI scan take?
Each MRI scan is different. However, most scans take between 30 and 60 minutes (per exam).

What will happen following my MRI scan?

Immediately following the scan, you may resume normal activities, diet and medications.

How do I find out the results of my MRI scan?

Your MRI will be reviewed by a Radiologist. The Radiologist will send a report to your physician.

MRI Concerns

Not everyone is able to undergo an MRI as the technology can conflict with certain conditions. In some cases, testing can go forward, but may require certain protocols to ensure your health and safety.

Both you and your physician should be aware of the following conditions which may affect an MRI. Be sure to inform the facility of any of the following when you call to schedule your appointment:

  • Pacemakers
  • Stent insertion within the last six weeks
  • Metallic foreign bodies (artificial joints, metallic valves, etc.)

Special Circumstances
If your doctor orders mild sedation to assist with conditions such as claustrophobia, you must be accompanied by a person who will drive you home.

MRI Questionnaires 

MRI Questionnaire
MRI Contrast Questionnaire


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Westchester Medical Center Advanced Imaging

Ambulatory Care Pavilion
100 Woods Road
Valhalla, NY 10595

MRI, Cardiac MRI
Pediatric MRI with Anesthesia

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Alpert, Jeffrey B., MD
Jeffrey Alpert, MD
Thoracic and Cardiac Imaging
Body Imaging
  • Radiology, Body Imaging
  • Radiology, Diagnostic Radiology
Fuisz, Anthon R., MD
  • Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease
Jain, Supriya S., MD
Supriya Jain, MD
Director of Pediatric Cardiac MRI / Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging
  • Pediatrics, Cardiology
  • Non-Invasive Imaging
Pearson, Gregory D., MD, PhD
Gregory Pearson, MD, PhD
Thoracic and Cardiac Imaging
  • Radiology, Body Imaging
  • Radiology, Diagnostic Radiology
Ranjan, Pragya, MBBS
Pragya Ranjan, MBBS
Director, Cardiac CT
Associate Director, Advanced Cardiac Imaging
Associate Director, Cardiology Fellowship Program
  • Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease
Rozenshtein, Anna, MD
Anna Rozenshtein, MD
Director of Thoracic and Cardiac Imaging
  • Radiology, Body Imaging
  • Radiology, Diagnostic Radiology