Cardiac MRI

Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a highly specialised diagnostic test that provides unparalleled visualisation of the heart structure and function. Although not commonly available within Australia, our cardiologists have dedicated access to this pioneering technology and have undergone advanced training to interpret the images. Cardiac MRI are best used to assess the structure of the heart and may be advised by your cardiologist if there are concerns on how the heart functions or if you might have an inherited cardiac condition.

What to bring

  • Original request form for the test (if provided by your referring doctor)
  • Any concession cards, including valid Medicare and any private health care cards
  • Any results from recent blood tests
  • List of current medications

Preparation for MRI

  • There is no need to routinely fast before a cardiac MRI, unless your doctor has specifically told you to do so for other reasons
  • Take all your normal medications on the day of the test
  • Please inform our staff if you have any allergies, or any metal in your body at all

What to wear

Ensure you wear comfortable clothing and a short-sleeved t-shirt or top.

Duration

  • The scan will take between 60 and 90 minutes to perform, depending on what information your doctor requires
  • The radiographer will communicate with you during the test to ensure you know what is going on
  • Be prepared to stay around 2 hours in the department to also cover scan preparation time

Results

The final results of your MRI will be sent to your referring doctor within 5 days of the test being performed.