This investigation can NOT be performed without a recommendation from a cardiologist.
Magnetic resonance imaging is a painless and harmless scanning, which allows us to look inside the body without the use of X-rays. With the help of a magnet and radio waves, we obtain detailed images of very good quality regarding the structure and function of your heart.It is indicated in the case of the following pathologies:Ischemic heart disease, Acute myocardial infarction, Ischemic heart disease, Angina pectoris, Coronary stents, Aorto-coronary bypass, Heart failure, Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, Myocarditis, Myocardial fibrosis, Dilatric cardiomyopathy, Ventricular dysplasia, Ventricular dysplasia Ventricular arrhythmias, Cardiac resynchronization, CRT, Thalassemia, Hemochromatosis, Amyloidosis, Fabry disease, Aortic regurgitation, Aortic insufficiency.
The EMERALD difference
Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (Cardiac-MRI) it is an advanced imaging technique, which requires a lot of experience from the doctors who perform it. Emerald is one of the few medical centers in Romania where cardio-MRI examinations are performed. At the Emerald center, these examinations are performed with the support of a mixed medical team and an assistant (a cardiologist with a European accreditation in the UK in cardiac MRI, a radiologist with more than 15 years experience in cardio-MRI and an MRI operator).
The investigation includes a meeting with the medical team and a discussion based on the more than 2000 images taken during the investigation, the CD with the images provided on the spot and the result, offered on the spot, or within a maximum of 5 working days, depending on the complexity of the case.
When the investigation is indicated
Cardiovascular MRI provides more detailed information than cardiac ultrasound on the structure and function of the heart.
This information allows physicians to plan the right treatment for you.
Cardiovascular MRI is an advanced imaging technique that requires long experience and training of the doctors who practice it. In developed countries, images of cardiovascular MRI are interpreted either by a radiologist, a cardiologist, or a team of radiologists and cardiologists.
In our department, the images are interpreted by a team of an experienced radiologist and a cardiologist trained in cardiovascular MRI. Thus, the result of your investigation will benefit from the experience and knowledge of both specialists.
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Please inform us before the date of the MR exam if:
- you have or have had a pacemaker, defibrillator, or a REVEAL / loop recorderr
- you ever had surgery on the head or ear, involving the use of metal clips, clips or coils
- you have an implant in your inner ear
- you have or have had metal fragments in the eye or head in the past
- you have a neuro-muscular stimulator
- weigh over 100 kg
- if you think you are pregnant or breastfeeding
Before the cardiovascular MR examination
- You can eat normally
- If you are scheduled for stress MR, you should not consume coffee, tea or cola 24 hours prior the examination.
- Do not discontinue any of the medicines you usually take
How will your visit take place in our department?
Before taking the MR exam, we will fill in a form with you to make sure you do not have contraindications for the MR and we can perform the exam safely.
You will need to remove all non-gold jewelry. You cannot wear glasses, metal implants, watches or hearing aids, so you will be asked to remove them before the exam.
What does scanning involve?
- In most cases, you will need to insert a cannula (a small needle) into one of your arms. We will use this cannula during the examination for the administration of the contrast agent. In the case of stress MR it is necessary to insert 2 cannulas, one in each arm. There are some types of examinations for which we do not have to inject contrast substance;
- You will sit comfortably on the mobile table of the scanner and place a lightweight device on your chest, which is intended to collect images from your heart;
- As the examination of the RM is noisy, we will protect your hearing with headphones where you can listen to your favorite music and you will also hear our instructions;
- We will then introduce you easily into the scanner, which is not very long and is open at both ends;
- Some people may be claustrophobic (they can’t stand the cramped spaces), but our staff is experienced and will do your best to make you feel comfortable. In case you do not tolerate the examination in any way, we will immediately stop the scan;
- During the examination we will always communicate with you through the headset. We will ask you to hold your breath several times in a row for short intervals;
- Usually, a cardiovascular MRI exam lasts between 60 and 90 minutes. It is important to stay as still as possible during the examination.
About the contrast agent
In most cases it is necessary to inject a contrast substance during examination, for a better visualization of the heart and blood vessels. Patients usually do not notice when we are injecting the contrast agent.
The contrast substance is different from the one used in tomography or invasive angiography / coronarography and does not contain iodine.
In our clinic, only contrast agents recommended by the European Medicines Agency (macrocyclic Gadolinium compounds) are used.
These agents are very safe but, as with any injection, reactions can occur. These include a sensation of heat at the injection site, nausea or vomiting and transient rashes. These effects usually last only a few minutes. People with a history of allergy are more likely to experience a more severe reaction, but this is rare (less than 1 in 3,000 cases). The department is equipped to deal with allergic reactions if they happen.
Please contact us in advance if you have questions about the procedure.