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Heart MRI

Heart magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is an imaging method which uses powerful magnets and radio waves to create pictures of the heart. This technique records information about the heart as it is beating, and different images of the heart throughout its pumping cycle. This procedure does not use radiation (x-rays). Single MRI images are called slices and these images can be stored on a computer or printed on film. One exam produces dozens hundreds of images.

MRI provides detailed pictures of the heart and blood vessels from different angles, and it is used to diagnose:

  • Heart muscle damage after a heart attack
  • Birth defects of the heart
  • Heart tumors and growths
  • Weakening of the heart muscle
  • Symptoms of heart failure
  • The anatomy and function of the structures of the chest, including the heart, lungs, major vessels.

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